posted on Jan, 9 2017 @ 11:07 PM
Trees like this one were carved into tourist attractions at a time when the general population didn't understand exactly what harm could occur to
nature by this action. Yes, this carving weakened the tree, but what a long time to stand before it fell! Sequoias root systems are actually shallow
and spread out (up to an acre!), making them sensitive to what happens on the ground around them. Not much was paid attention to their root system
until just a few decades ago, prompting buildings around them in the national parks to be moved away from the groves. And in the national forest,
destructive clear cutting around them also was one of the reasons for the Sequoia National Monument to be established, to protect groves.
Kings Canyon National Park still has a neat tree to walk through, the Fallen Monarch along the General Grant Trail.
Here's some info and nice pix
The trail has many fine, interesting specimens and
is parking lot close.
Even without being carved out by humans, sequoias can have naturally occurring openings in their base, called "goose pens".
Oh, yes, Hwy 101 "Avenue of the Giants" is fun. There are still awesome trees to see in Central and Northern California!
I think one of the takeaways from observing what humans have done to nature in the past out of ignorance is to think, what are we doing to nature
today that future generations will look back at us as being very ignorant.