Magic carpet

 

Wild blue phlox and Virginia bluebells carpet the banks of the Roanoke this evening, the air intoxicating with phlox perfume and rushing water.

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Bierstadt’s magnificent portrait of the giant sequoia

Dramatically beautiful painting of giant trees

The Great Trees, Mariposa Grove, California, by Albert Bierstadt, 1876

Arguably the largest living thing on earth, this is the giant sequoia, Sequoiadendron giganteum, of the redwood family.

This individual tree still lives, and is named the Grizzly Giant.  It’s only middle-aged at a mere 1,800 years old or thereabouts, in a species that can live for over 3,000 years.