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Friday photo: redwood

The bark of a giant redwood tree is so spongy and robust that you can punch it without damaging either yourself or the tree, and its incredible thickness makes the tree essentially fireproof. Redwoods can live for hundreds, even occasionally thousands, of years, withstanding numerous fires that would burn and shrivel other trees. The tallest known tree in the world is a giant redwood, named Hyperion, located in California. In 2006 its height was accurately measured as 379.1 feet, but it’s still growing. It’s estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old. The redwood in my picture isn’t anything like as tall as Hyperion, but it’s still an impressive specimen. I looked up at it in awe yesterday during a visit to Dawyck Botanic Garden in the Scottish Borders.

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Giant redwood at Dawyck Botanic Garden, near Peebles in the Scottish Borders. 
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10 thoughts on “Friday photo: redwood

  1. How awe inspiring are these wonderful trees, and to imagine one could live for possibly eight hundred years. So glad that you sent the picture along to us. I would like to know more about the Scottish Borders and also the Highlands….. well, as you know, I REALLY want to visit Scotland. Hopefully, In the not too distant future I will be able to do so.

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    1. Thanks, Wendy, the lifespan of these trees makes human life feel incredibly short. The Highlands are probably the best known area of the country in terms of tourism, but the Borders is one of my favourite parts of Scotland. It’s not as dramatic in its scenery as areas further north and west, but it has its own unique charms.

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  2. That’s an amazing fact about the bark, Lorna, I had always imagined it to be very hard, not spongy! But it makes perfect sense. It’s a great photo, you really get a feeling of it’s height, just looking at it gives me vertigo! Lol! 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Andy. I tried taking a picture of it from a distance but it was hard to get an impression of its loftiness. Dawyck is full of magnificent trees and there are so many that it’s hard to show in a photograph how impressive each one is.

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  3. Fantastic trees! I love gazing up into them too – you feel as if they go on forever! They have such a presence about them. That’s a great photo – really conveys the height and the amazing bark.

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