Grove of Titans: California Redwoods


“I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.”

~Annie Leibovitz

 

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Grove of Titans

 

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We Are One

 

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Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

 

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Sacred Grove

 

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Two Titans

 

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Redwood Chandelier

 

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Thankful for Trees

 

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Ancient Redwood

 

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Standing Tall

 

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Redwood Trunk

 

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Clover and Redwood

 

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A New Perspective

 

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Where You Lead

 

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A Happy Photographer

 

 

From the Redwood Parks Conservancy: 

GROVE OF TITANS

Deep in the heart of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park lies a grove of ancient redwood trees named for their remarkable size – the Grove of Titans. Known by indigenous people for centuries, the group of trees was re-discovered by researchers in the 1990’s. The grove is a magnificent stand of ancient redwoods containing some of the world’s tallest trees. 

With no direct access, this sacred grove was kept relatively hidden for many years until the location was posted online in 1998. Visitors in search of these elusive old-growth trees created informal “social trails”, which damaged the forest floor (e.g., trampled vegetation, stripped bark at the bases of trees, compacted soil and exposed redwood roots), threatening the long-term survival of the grove itself. 

The renewed Mill Creek Trail and the elevated walkway in the Grove of Titans is now OPEN to the public and visitors from all over the world will be able to gaze up into the canopy of the grove, reclaiming its sacredness. 

 

 

 

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100 comments

  1. To contemplate that we are connected to such incredible beings…so moving, so heartbreakingly sad, so inspiring… may they survive 🙏🙏💚🌳🌳

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  2. Your images certainly capture the how awe-inspiring and magnificent these giants are. A fabulous collection!

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    • Thank you, Denise! This was an amazing treat to see. We’ve visited the redwoods many times but had never seen this grove. Thankfully, the new walkway was featured in the paper. I was glad I had my iPhone because it allowed for these super wide shots. 🌲💚

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  3. wow. titans indeed! Magnificent trees! (and of course, photos!)

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  4. Just majestic, that’s what I feel, looking at your images

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  5. Graphically I love all the long lines broken up by bursts of green! Beautiful images!

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  6. It’s so difficult to get the scale and scope of those redwoods, but you’ve done it and I think the “New Perspective” photo does it particularly well. The angles in that composition are great. “Where You Lead” shows the scale well, too, because of the road. Beautiful. I think those two are my favorites. Thanks for including the info from the park – from the 5th and last photos, it looks like they made every effort not to compact the soil when they built the trail. I like the boles on the “Redwood Chandelier” photo and the fluffiness of the greenery in the next one is lovely. Cool lichens, bark, and Redwood sorel details, too!
    It’s fun to see the two of you making cameo appearances. “Two Titans”?? 😉

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    • Thanks so much, Lynn. The height of these trees is quite overwhelming to photograph- I was thankful for my phone to capture the wide perspectives. I imagined you getting lost in the details of the gorgeous understory which takes a backseat to the grandeur of the redwoods. Cameos needed for scale…and humor. My titan enjoyed posing. 🙂 Appreciate your thoughts! 🌲💚

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  7. Wonderful POV looking straight up at these incredible giants, Jane. I also like the close ups of the trunks with all of the colors and patterns.

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  8. Stunning! Love your photos, as always!

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  9. Truly magnificent portraits of these mighty redwoods, Jane. They’re difficult to photograph due to their immensity but you did a wonderful job. I liked how you captured the surroundings, too, with the clover and bark close-ups. Two Titans gave me a smile. Thanks for taking us here to Jedediah Park and for highlighting the amazing work of the Redwood Parks Conservancy.

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    • Thanks so much, Jet. I was glad I had my iPhone with me to get those wide shots and I could’ve spent many more hours photographing the understory and the details. All so stunning. Thankful that the Parks are doing a good job of preserving and protecting. Happy glad you enjoyed them!🌲💚

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  10. It looks so mysterious and lovely in the same time. Love it
    You are talented

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  11. Nice pics, but …

    Too bad the grove had to be discovered. Maroon Bells was the same way, tucked away deep in the backcountry. Once the first pics were published, everyone wanted to go there to see. And, when the National Forest Service needs to close off the whole area to rehabilitate the land, they can’t because the photogs (amateur and professional), tourists, campers, etc. protested too much. It is disappointing. Some places are not meant to be seen.

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    • Hi David, Funny, I don’t remember Maroon Bells being deep in the backcountry– have hiked there a few times. Agree, social media has created a frenzy to see these amazing places, but I can’t agree that they aren’t meant to be seen. Educating people about how to be respectful of the environment and perhaps limiting the numbers may be a start. Seeing and feeling the grandeur of these places will hopefully compel people to want to save the earth. 🌎

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  12. I meant to type “giants” and there doesn’t appear to be an editing function. 😬😊

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  13. Magnificent giant, beautifully captured.

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  14. Beautiful photos of these powerful beings. There’s so little old growth left. I’m glad this stand has been saved.
    Alison

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  15. I think a lot of folks who hear redwoods think Sequoias, but the Coastal Redwoods are spectacular in their own right. Seeing them from a distance might seem like, “nice grove of tall trees”, but get close to one and, “wow!”

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  16. Shots beyond imagination. Nature had given you the opportunity and you had taken that perfectly.

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  17. These are stunning captures, Jane. They reflect the tallness of these giants and make me feel sooo small.

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  18. Majestic guardians of the planet earth ❤️

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  19. Quite incredible, Jane! I never made it over there, but your gorgeous pics sure make it look inviting. Glad to know there is a designated trail to view these beauties!

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  20. Wow, I’ve noted this place for a possible visit to Northern California next year (it’s on our planning radar!) I especially love the close up of the bark and the monochrome shots like Redwood Chandelier 🙂

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    • Hi Sarah, I’m so glad it’s on your list! There are many wonderful groves but this one is outstanding. Happy you found the images enticing. I didn’t know the term Chandelier tree until this trip- offshoots that give it this unusual shape. And the bark just fascinates me..the stories it tells. Thanks so much for visiting. 🙂 🌲

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  21. How wonderful that these majestic trees are available for all to visit. I hope they’re protected too. Beautiful images Jane!

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    • Thank you, Brad. So glad you enjoyed these. All of the redwood parks are amazing to see but this grove is outstanding. The new walkway is one way they are protecting the understory. Hopefully people will respect it. Wildfires, that’s a problem. 🌲💚

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  22. Such magnificent trees and lovely photos. (Suzanne)

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  23. The enormity of these trees almost defies belief, stunning old marvels

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  24. We have nothing like that in this Country, the images are breathtaking!
    I hope they are safe from the wildfires I saw on the news.

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  25. Colossal, aren’t they? It must be amazing to be under that canopy, Jane 🤗💗

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  26. Good words from Annie Leibovitz, Jane! 🙂

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  27. There THEY are! You saw them. Beautiful. God come to earth. I so hope they all don’t burn.

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  28. How grand! I love these 💜💜💜

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  29. A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Thanks for sharing, Mel

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  30. Your photos give a feel for the immensity and splendor of the redwoods, Jane. I can feel the peace and quiet.

    janet

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  31. Just awesome.

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  32. Not just gorgeous but so magical. There’s just such a reminder of spirit and a gorgeous universe.

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  33. Nothing is so awe-inspiring as standing in a redwood grove… a sacred experience. Your photos are beautiful, Jane– talk about a challenging perspective! 😉 You’ve done them justice. I’m relieved to see the elevated platforms. Humans are capable of loving a thing to death! ❤

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    • HI Eliza, So true! There’s an energy that’s hard to describe when walking through the groves. I’m glad you enjoyed these– it is a challenge to convey their enormity. I wasn’t sure about the platforms when I read about them, but they are thoughtfully done and didn’t detract from the experience. Thank you! 😊🌲❤️

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  34. Thank you! Beautiful..

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  35. They are sacred and so incredibly gorgeous! Thanks for the peek into their world. Is that very small figure on the left side of the
    enormous redwood you? 😉

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  36. moral of the story…..”If you find something beautiful, do not tell anyone”

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    • Hi Wayne, You said it. It’s sad that many people don’t take care when exploring. On the flip side, I wish that everyone could experience the sacred and astonishing beauty of these trees. Not that far from there is the Hyperion Tree – the park is now fining people who are caught hiking to it. Glad you enjoyed these–thanks so much! 😀🌲

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      • there is a military plane that crashed during the 2nd World War near Tofino,in the Park.
        I know the story behind it but have never gone to view it.
        It is not officially sanctioned by the Park but is one of the most travelled to spots in the Park.
        Personally I view the wreckage as a blight upon Nature but so many must disagree with me as they keep that trail well used!

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  37. I haven’t been to JS, but I’m lucky to have seen the Redwoods in other parks. Beautiful photos that capture the essence of these giants.

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  38. Wonderful series of redwood, Jane- like them all. In particular, I like “Standing tall” image very much. I’ve been to Redwood National Park a couple of times and enjoyed walking around and taking a few shots esp. the morning sun through the woods during my second visit in 2019.

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    • Thanks so much, Stephen. Happy you enjoyed, especially Standing Tall. As you know from visiting, the redwoods are a challenge to capture. I found that my iPhone did a great job with the wide shots. We lucked out with a clearing foggy morning…finding the sun peeking through the trees is always a gift. Glad you’ve been! 🌲😀

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  39. A great set of images. TheAncient Redwood is my favorite .

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  40. Oh Jane! You truly nailed it! So utterly difficult to catch the true beauty of this very special place. Thanks for sharing this treasure!!! 💞🙏

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    • Thank you, Gunta! Have you been? We have been to the redwoods many times but not this grove. It now tops the list. So glad you enjoyed! 🤗🌲

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      • Hi Jane… I’ve been quite a number of times to the various Redwood parks since I first landed on the West Coast in the late 60s. These days they are relatively close since we’re not far from the northern CA border and a small park still remains here in Oregon. We could probably make it a day trip, but that would be silly to limit our time with those magnificent beauties. Have you ever done the Trillium trail in the springtime when the trilliums are in bloom amongst the Redwoods? I still can’t get over how beautifully you captured the spirit of these miraculous trees. Thank you ever so much for sharing!

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        • HI Gunta, I haven’t been there during Trillium bloom that I can remember. Must be fabulous. The Titan Grove is a short drive (the direct route, not all the way around) from Crescent City. Makes me happy that you enjoyed these so much. Thanks again! 💚🌲

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