National Geographic : 1964 Jul
sequoia species, some in Alaska and Labra dor, others in Europe and Asia. Only the two California species survive: the massive Se quoia gigantea* of the High Sierras (some botanists prefer to call it Sequoiadendrongi gantea) and the taller sempervirens (ever green) of the northern coastal mountains. Both species have been in California for 40 million years, a testimonial to their hardihood. *See "Giant Sequoias Draw Millions to California Parks," by John Michael Kauffmann, NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC, August, 1959. Sylvan sanctuary in Humboldt Redwoods State Park recalls William Cullen Bryant's words: "The groves were God's first tem ples." Afternoon sun, like light streaming through cathedral windows, dapples an oxalis-carpeted forest. With their mother, the Zahl children marvel at these "majestic brothers," as Walt Whitman called the trees.