Starting in the 1860’s western homesteaders and industrialists in the Santa Cruz mountains cut down most of the giant Redwood trees. After the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Redwoods that had stood for hundreds of years were used to rebuild the city.
I took this picture yesterday during a rainstorm on our forest property. I was standing in the center of a stump. It has been about a hundred years since this Redwood was cut down. After a tree is fallen, a ring of new trees emerge in a circle around the cut stump. All that remains of this once giant Redwood is it’s crown.