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Steve Sillett's Snapshots

  1. lovely ridgetop forest

    Snapshot Title: lovely ridgetop forest
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: old-growth redwood forest canopy, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    In addition to redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is a major component of the old-growth forests in Redwood National and State Parks. In this view of West Ridge, the ...



  2. Big Tree

    Snapshot Title: Big Tree
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: 360-degree-view from the upper canopy of an old-growth forest
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    Here is a view of the famous Big Tree. Note how there appears to be two trees standing side-by-side. These are the crowns of reiterated trunks emerging from the massive, and broken, main trunk of Bi...



  3. deeply shaded lower crown

    Snapshot Title: deeply shaded lower crown
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: old-growth forest canopy, Redwood National and State Parks_8
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) is a shade-tolerant species, which serves it well during the winter months.



  4. dead-topped redwood with huckleberry

    Snapshot Title: dead-topped redwood with huckleberry
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: old-growth forest canopy, Redwood National and State Parks_6
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    Long after the top of an old redwood tree dies, other organisms can thrive upon it, including woody shrubs like this evergreen huckleberry (red leaves).



  5. dead-topped and live-topped redwoods

    Snapshot Title: dead-topped and live-topped redwoods
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: old-growth forest canopy, Redwood National and State Parks_5
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    Even after their tops die, redwoods continue to thrive. Many spike-topped trees are visible in this panorama, but few, if any



  6. nearly perfect treetop

    Snapshot Title: nearly perfect treetop
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: old-growth forest canopy, Redwood National and State Parks_7
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    Few old redwood trees retain the conical shape of their youth. This tree has a nearly undamaged upper crown.



  7. snowy ridge above redwood forest canopy

    Snapshot Title: snowy ridge above redwood forest canopy
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: old-growth forest canopy, Redwood National and State Parks_4
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    I'm not sure if the forest on this ridge has been logged.



  8. logged forest at the edge of the park

    Snapshot Title: logged forest at the edge of the park
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: old-growth forest canopy, Redwood National and State Parks_3
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    Less than 5% of the original old-growth redwood forest has escaped logging. The much smaller trees in forests regenerating from logging appear in stark contrast to the large trees in the adjacent old...



  9. huge broken limb with epiphytes

    Snapshot Title: huge broken limb with epiphytes
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: old-growth forest canopy, Redwood National and State Parks_2
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    This enormous limb broke many years ago, but the stub remaining is home to an evergreen huckleberry (Vaccinium ovatum) covered with lichens.



  10. tall conifers near top of ridge

    Snapshot Title: tall conifers near top of ridge
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: old-growth forest canopy, Redwood National and State Parks_1
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    Redwoods dominate most of the forests in Redwood National and State Parks, but other conifers sometimes reach great heights. The Douglas-fir tree in the center of this image is probably over 80 meter...



  11. dead top of gnarly redwood

    Snapshot Title: dead top of gnarly redwood
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: gnarly upper crown of giant tree
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    This treetop is no longer safe to climb but there is still quite a bit of living foliage near the top.



  12. Cameron between trunks

    Snapshot Title: Cameron between trunks
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: gnarly lower crown of giant tree_1
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    Cameron Williams is a research biologist and former graduate student of Steve Sillett. He is an expert climber and frequently assists Sillett in the redwood forest canopy.



  13. ocean from Trinidad Head, California

    Snapshot Title: ocean from Trinidad Head, California
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: Pacific Ocean from Trinidad Head, California
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    Ocean waves don't stitch too well, but the effect is rather interesting.



  14. fog in world's tallest forest canopy

    Snapshot Title: fog in world's tallest forest canopy
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: view of old-growth redwood forest canopy along Bull Creek from 330 feet, Humboldt Redwoods State Park
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    redwoods over 300 feet tall are common in the foggy old-growth forests of northern California



  15. Trinidad harbor, California

    Snapshot Title: Trinidad harbor, California
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: Trinidad harbor, California
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    fishing village on the north coast of California



  16. giant limb

    Snapshot Title: giant limb
    Taken by: Steve Sillett

    Image: view of giant limb complex in the lower crown of a redwood, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
    Image Owner: Steve Sillett



    Description:

    This is one of the biggest limbs ever encountered on a redwood tree.