Nobody has seen die sequoias
The highest and long-lived trees (their age is 4 thousand years and more) — Redwood grow in North America.
These trees are the Americans discovered only in the XIX century, and many explorers long believed. In 1833 a man named Leonard in the mountains of the Sierra Nevada found a grove of hundred-meter trees and wrote a book about them. The book no one is interested, readers decided that the author made it up.
Twenty years have passed, and in these places rushed the crowd of gold seekers. Dowd is one of the «seekers of happiness» — chased them wounded a grizzly bear… and ran into a solid wooden wall. It wasn’t the fence built, and a huge wooden fortress, grown by nature. Hunter came back and told me about a startling discovery. Made fun of him.
Then Dowd cheated. He said he killed a bear the size of a large house. Here it is, everybody sprinted into the woods, and I saw a grove of redwoods! People in mute amazement stood in front of the giants, with which they seemed less ants. Since that time, the existence of a super massive trees believed all of America, and all rushed in search of redwoods.
There are 72 trees, and every tree in them got its own name: «old bachelor,» «the three sisters», «the hut of the miner,» and a fallen tree with a hollow, into which could enter the rider, called the «riding school». There is even a Sequoia, named after the writer Mark TWAIN.
Enterprising businessmen bought the grove and the money was allowed to tourists. Well, really, where else can you see the tunnel cut through the trunk, where free horse-drawn carriage rides! This tunnel exists today — according to him there is a road and a stream of cars.
Where else on the stump can be accommodated in the orchestra and sixteen pairs of dancers!
Unfortunately, these stumps and tunnels made by people specifically to show how great sequoias, and earn a lot of money. Happiness though is that the giants are extremely hardy: they can maim, but to kill is very difficult.
Decided especially for the exhibition cut down one of the tallest sequoias — failed: blades very quickly went dull. Then I went to the powerful drill. Almost a month five working tried with different sides to scrape the barrel. But then the tree fell.
Sequoia fell to the ground only after a barrage of Gale-force wind struck her bullet-riddled body. The shock was like an earthquake. The barrel broke into several pieces, and the branches went deep into the earth. To take a fallen giant from the forest and failed. Delivered only stripped his bark. In San Francisco she had collected a huge circular room with a height of seven meters. Inside put a piano and arranged Seating for 40 viewers.
Alas, this abuse of the sequoias is not over. Lumberjack Trask decided to enrich themselves, robbing the tree, which was known as the Mother of the forest. He was hammered into the barrel of the iron staples to get to the top, and then removed the bark from the tree and sent the «wood clothes» in London.
Usually trees without bark die. Mother of the forest survived. It towered over the trees, finding fault with his people for their greed and unjustified cruelty. And now, many years later, the Americans blush, remembering the heinous act of Trask.
Sequoias kind to people, and does not need to mutilate them. Hunter Smith somehow found in the trunk of a Redwood tree, a huge hollow. It was formed in the woods when the fire raged. The fire burned in the trunk of a 35-meter cave. It is settled Smith. Three years he enjoyed his unprecedented place. But once the hurricane blew.
Hunter sat like a squirrel in a hollow tree, and was shaking from fear. Next to toppled huge trees. Sequoia scorched trunk, too, could not stand to collapse and bury her hiding in the hunter. However, she said, and such storms were experienced over the past thousands of years!
I must say that new trees appear very rarely, but, on the other hand, no one saw the redwoods die of old age. Just wrote about it Ross, chief Forester of the National Park redwoods in California: «no one has ever seen a giant Sequoia dying of old age. The same trunks that lie on the ground, fell not because of age but because of natural disasters».
Yes, the sequoias, like the gods, can live very long, and when compared with the brevity of human life, we can say that forever! Their age is equal to life of an entire country. For example, in an American Museum there is a cross-section of a tree with annual rings. On each ring marked the dates and events that happened in the life of the United States.
When to the shores of America arrived Viking, that tree was standing. At the time of Columbus it was already a giant. The White house presidents succeeded each other, and Sequoia continued to grow and may not even know about the existence of people who will ever pick up from a fallen trunk, cut it into pieces and put in a Museum.
In a word, the sight of this tree, its greatness and age, would seem to inspire people to respect, but for a long time they tried to cut power saws, and when it didn’t work, blew up with dynamite.
Most annoying in this barbarism that soft wood Redwood trees of anything is not good: from it you can cut just the pegs or do a match. Well, blew the patriarchs of the forest for this purpose. Or did them favors. Trinkets, carved from the body of «World Tree», willing to buy tourists.
The giant sequoias are relative — Sequoia sempervirens, or, as Americans call it, mahogany. The circumference is smaller and the age is more modest (only some two and a half thousand years), but they above: a hundred and ten meters are not a record.
And yet — red trees are worried about procreation. They grow on one tree and five million cones in case any of them will survive and become a giant tree? And even collapsed to the ground, dead red trees produce green shoots.
Well, if people didn’t blow up the redwoods with dynamite, then maybe they will admire our great-great-great-grandchildren.