Muir Woods, Mill Valley, California

Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Calif., Oct. 28, 2012: Muir Woods is made up of old-growth Coastal Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests about 12 miles north of San Francisco. The trees thrive off of the foggy climate in the area, and the tallest tree in the monument stands at 258 ft. Before the logging industry came to California, there were about 2 million acres of old-growth forest containing redwoods growing in a narrow strip along the coast, but by the early 20th century, most of these forests had been cut down. U.S. Congressman William Kent and his wife decided to purchase the land to preserve these incredible trees. Named after naturalist John Muir, Muir Woods National Monument serves as “a tree lover’s monument,” with trails winding through the forest. My pictures don’t do justice to how massive these trees really are. It was impossible to fit an entire tree in one frame, so I stitched multiple frames together to try to convey their size. You really have to see these guys in person.

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