Zunday Zen … The Magical Redwood Forest

California Road trip, Left Coast Travel, Musings, Nature, North America, Photography, Zunday Zen


Sequoia sempervirens
the world’s tallest, living trees. 

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There’s not much one can say about these incredibly beautiful, long-lived, resilient, fire-resistant and evergreen sky scraping giants! Even on a warm day the air within the forest stays reasonably cool. There’s really nothing else quite like it! The oldest tree at Armstrong Woods is believed to be around 1,400 years old! 

This area was the home of the Kashaya Pomo Native American people before the arrival of Russian fur traders in the early 1800s, and later of course the lumber barons. The lives of the native populations were forever changed. 

The world’s only remaining coast redwood forests exist naturally along the Pacific coast from Central California to just north of the Oregon border. Underneath these tall trees you’ll see sword ferns; lots of redwood sorrel; perhaps a raven or Stellar’s jay, lizards, banana slugs, trillium wildflowers …

Around 1875, Colonel James B. Armstrong, a lumber Barron from Ohio, moved with his family to Sonoma County, California, where he eventually became friends with the horticultural genius Luther Burbank. Armstrong bought densely wooded property around Guerneville and started to clear-cut much of the area. He did however appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of the redwood trees and therefore wanted to preserve some of the original redwood forests. He deeded about 600 acres to his daughter. The public was allowed to visit these preserved forests and in the 1930s, the State of California purchased this area and turned it into a State Forest. In the mid 60s, the State of California started to acquire land around Armstrong Woods which it combined into a nature reserve. Today, Austin Creek State Recreational Area and Armstrong Woods spread out over a combined area of around 1,700 acres of protected woodlands and wildlife habitat, accessible to the public for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, picnicking, camping and just plain enjoyment.

If you ever find yourself traveling in California, be sure to visit one of these magnificent wonders of the natural world!
We’ve lived in many parts of 
Northern California over the years, in and near the redwoods, and loved hiking and exploring these forests in our free time.  

One last look at these magnificent trees!

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My passions in life are vegetarian cooking, gardening, photography, writing, good books, traveling and nature. Thanks for stopping by, Sabine

22 thoughts on “Zunday Zen … The Magical Redwood Forest”

  1. christine says:

    These pictures are so familiar and yet I love them all the more. The last one with at the sorrel eye view is my favorite!

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  2. What a wonderful slice of nature. These trees are so interesting. Resistant to fire and special adaptations fo buttresses and burl that aid their survival. They are so majestic. I really enjoyed the video and also the photo through the clover. Even the clover leaves looks enormous.

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    • It is a great slice of nature! I always feel so small and insignificant when I walk through redwood forests. The clover leaves are enormous. I’m going to see if I can get some if it’s hardy enough for the Portland area. It would be nice since we have a forest behind us. 😊


      • I have never thought of humans as a side act! Its been determined that spending time in nature is very restorative for us humans, and yet we go around and destroy that what makes us feel good. 😳

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      • Well in terms of the infinite size of the universe, I think we are a side act tucked away in the corner of the Milky Way!
        I do agree that we are killing the very systems that supports human life itself. So short sighted. Shooting ourselves in the foot really.

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  3. The tall trees make us humans feel pretty small and insignificant next to these beautiful wonders of nature, that’s for sure Sabine. To gaze up and see their height and regal beauty takes your breath away. But, closer to the ground, I also like seeing the woodland ferns and the ground cover that carpet this wooded area. You have captured nature exquisitely.

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