I am working on a writing and photography project profiling all of the giant sequoia groves of California. My goal is to spend time in each grove and to document the forests as they appear today. I have explored 63 of the 67 groves, most of them multiple times. My writing recounts my excursions in detail and includes accompanying photographs. I attempt to capture the sequoia age classes and sizes in each grove, along with topography and terrain, composition of companion conifers, fire history, understory, and overall health of the forest. I have not posted or published any of these writings yet because I am putting them together in a comprehensive book.
Instead of following millions of others on well-worn long distance trails racking up miles while all the beauty of the world goes by as a blur, I want to take the time to truly look and listen, to live and breathe the forest, to appreciate each sequoia grove, and to greet individual trees that have become familiar to me.
63/67 groves experienced:
Agnew Grove, Alder Creek Grove, Atwell Mill-East Fork Grove, Bearskin Grove, Big Stump Grove, Black Mountain Grove, Board Camp Grove, Boulder Creek Grove, Burro Creek Grove, Cahoon Creek Grove, Castle Creek Grove, Cherry Gap Grove, Coffeepot Canyon Grove, Converse Basin Grove (including Cabin Creek), Cunningham Grove, Deer Creek Grove, Deer Meadow Grove, Dennison Grove, Devils Canyon Grove, Eden Creek Grove, Evans Grove, Freeman Creek Grove, Garfield Grove, Giant Forest, Grant Grove, Homer’s Nose Grove, Horse Creek Grove, Indian Basin Grove, Kennedy Grove, Landslide Grove, Little Boulder Creek Grove, Lockwood Grove, Long Meadow Grove, Lost Grove, Maggie Mountain Grove, Mariposa Grove, McIntyre Grove (including Belknap, Wheel Meadow, Carr Wilson), McKinley Grove, Merced Grove, Monarch Grove, Mountain Home Grove, Muir Grove, Nelder Grove, New Oriole Grove, North Calaveras Grove, Oriole Grove, Packsaddle Grove, Peyrone Grove, Pine Ridge Grove, Placer County Grove, Red Hill Grove, Redwood Meadow Grove, Redwood Mountain Grove, Sequoia Creek Grove, Silver Creek Grove, Skagway Grove, South Calaveras Grove, South Fork Grove, South Peyrone Grove, Starvation Creek Grove, Suwanee Grove, Tuolumne Grove, Wishon Grove.