National Geographic : 1939 Feb
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE © National Geographic Society Dufaycolor Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart PAGE RIPLEY! HE IS DRINKING FROM A SPRING IN A TREE Such hollow redwoods are called "goosepens." The shallow, spiderlike root system of this giant overlies a crystal spring which flows through the "doorway" below the girls' feet. The Spring Tree is on Cathedral Trees Trail of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Sword ferns have an even older ancestry than the redwoods, which date back to the era of dinosaurs. "Let fallen logs lie" is one creed of the park forester. Clearing logs and underbrush destroys the balance of nature which for centuries has nourished the redwood groves and their rich flowering plants, such as the oxalis, the inside-out flower, and the deer-foot. The California huckleberry and the creek dogwood also are abundant.