Author Archives: Garrison Frost

Young visitor looking at tree rings

How old are these redwoods, really?

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It’s the question that usually comes right after the one about height: “How old do you think this redwood is?”
And in many ways, the answer to this second question can be even more stunning than the first.

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Two bright red snowflowers on the forest floor.

The bloody flesh-like thing

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This strange little thing is called a snowflower or snow plant, and it is found fairly commonly in giant sequoia forests and other coniferous montane areas of California, Oregon, and Nevada. These common names are far friendlier than its scientific name, Sarcodes sanguinea, which translates roughly to “bloody flesh-like thing," in reference to the bright red color of the entire plant.

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