The natural habitat of the sequoias is limited to the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada at an altitude between 1500 and 2500 m. Many of these giants reach an age about 2000 years. Usually their main cause of death is not due to diseases or reaching the anticipated average life time. They are resistant against fire, fungal decay and even insect attacks. Instead, their weak point are relatively shallow roots. Statistically speaking some day during their long life will bring a storm with wind gusts intense enough to uproot these powerful trees.
August 2006
Canon 20D, EF-S 24-105mm, f/22, 2sec, ISO 100, tripod