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Nature’s Oddities

  • By: Grant Goldberg
  • Published: May 28, 2014
Nature’s Oddities

About a month and a half ago, my wife and I purchased a new home in Black Forest on about 8.5 acres. It’s a great piece of property. It’s secluded, off the road, quiet, and best of all, it has no covenants! I’m free to do nearly anything I want on my ground, which is great. One of the best things about being out in the forest working outside is the chance you get to notice all the cool oddities in nature. Everything from the dwarf mistletoe that plagues most of my pines trees (Click HERE to see it) to the Stellar’s Jays that sing their song every morning at 5:15. They’re better than any alarm clock out there! I recently read an article on another oddity of nature that I thought was really interesting. It’s about “The President”, which is a giant sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. No one has ever been able to get a photo of the entire tree, but a team from National Geographic did and the resulting photo is one of the coolest things I’ve seen in a long time. Some highlights of the tree:

Height: 247 feet

Width: 27 feet (yes, feet.)

Number of Needles: Approx. 2 Billion

Now THAT’s one heck of a tree!

To read the full article and see pictures of it, you can click HERE.