Redwood Forest Root

The Language of the Redwood Forest

Ever seen the Corkscrew Tree coast redwood in Prairie Creek? In 2017, I finally figured out how that redwood probably formed, and shared a short video to explain. In  a nutshell, it’s a cathedral redwood that used to have a middle trunk that rotted or burned. The missing trunk’s convex or round surfaces caused the […]

Naming Redwoods vs. Not Naming Redwoods

In years gone by, many giant tree discoveries have been named and publicized, including a bunch of coast redwoods and giant sequoias. Almost everybody I ever met was comfortable with that tradition, until maybe about six years ago. A contrary philosophy  emerged from some researchers and rangers, who  think it’s better to not give names to redwoods. […]

Church Tree Coast Redwood, as wide as El Viiejo del Norte in the Grove of Titans

Church Tree Redwood & Cave, 22.5′ Diameter

Back in April, 2013, I posted about a Church Tree coast redwood on account of it’s large cave inside, comparable to a room. It came to mind again because someone posted a photo on Instagram of about twelve people in a hollow of a redwood. Recalling the Church Tree, it was apparent that possibly 50 […]

Albino Coast Redwood

Albino Redwood is not a Messiah

If you are not familiar yet with the “ghost” redwoods, take a moment to read my page about Albino Redwoods. During recent years, there has been some extra research about albino coast redwoods. In this one blog post I plan to bury what appears to be a growing myth, stemming from that research and opinions. In a […]

Coast Redwood Sprouts

Fog and Survival of Coast Redwoods

What is the truth about fog and coast redwoods? What is the role of fog in those forests, and is everything we read and hear about it true? How about if we start by blowing one myth right out of the water. The myth that coast redwoods need fog to survive. Coast redwood’s natural range is near the […]

Grove of Titans Morpheus

Future Giants – Already Discovered

To wrap up August, 2016,  I revisited  part of  the Jedediah Smith  park where I scouted for Lost Monarch and other titans years ago. Those who followed my site way back may remember the story, bushwhacking and Ruthlor Gulch. On this recent excursion I enjoyed a few big redwoods  encountered back in autumn 2007 and winter 2008. […]

Red Buttes Grove? Reported 50 miles Inland

Red Buttes Grove? Reported 50 miles Inland

Went for a drive this afternoon with my wife and our dogs to scout a photo shoot location for a woman  who plays the harp. On the way back we met a man who moments earlier spotted mountain lion tracks to the side of the road. It was apparent he has a grasp for the […]

Grove of Titans Redwoods Sign

New Signs – 3,300 Square Meters Damage

So … I underestimated. Earlier this year, I estimated that a study plot of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park had at least 8,000 sq. ft. loss of native plants. In July 2016, Redwood National and State Parks posted the sign shown below, stating 3300 square meters of area was damaged. About 4 times greater than […]

Michael Taylor redwood expert

Measuring Heights & 1 millimeter Accuracy

For those not familiar with coast redwood measuring, there are mainly two methods employed. One involves a climber  going to the top and dropping a tape to the ground. The second method is using a laser rangefinder from the ground. Sometimes a climber can’t drop the tape all the way and may also use a laser […]