National Geographic : 1915 Jul
Photo byH.C.Tibbitts CLOISTER AISLE: CALIFORNIA STATE REDWOOD PARK, NEAR BOULDER CREEK, CALIFORNIA If the groves were God's first temples, the giant redwood forests of California are His greatest."Here, aswith Yosemite, words fail inthe attempt to convey an adequate impression of these noble trees. As old as the Pyramids, taller than man's greatest monuments, and more enduring, they rise in serene majesty above the lowest forest. In the Calaveras Grove four trees exceed 300feet inheight. John Muir once measured a fallen monarch that ran 340 feet over all and was 35 feet 8 inches in diameter at a point 4 feet above theground. Acount ofitsrings proved it to be 4,000 years old" (see text, page 67).