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12-22-2011, 06:37 AM   #1
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Now THATS a big piece of driftwood



Epic driftwood: Monster tree washes ashore | MNN - Mother Nature Network

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Well, that *is* a major piece of wood. . Could be a redwood by size?
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Being from Washington State I would think it would be a Douglas Fir....
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QuoteOriginally posted by jolepp Quote
Well, that *is* a major piece of wood. . Could be a redwood by size?
Comments in the original article suggest it is likely a Sitka Spruce, perhaps a Western Red Cedar, based on the root structures and local tree species. A redwood is unlikely, because if one of those managed to get itself washed down to sea, it would have had to drift north against the currents to the Washington coast.

Heck of a log, for sure!

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Yup. The redwoods just happened to be the only thing large enough I was aware of .
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Hey Mike - that is one big hunk of wood. As to its identity, I'm totally . . . . . . . . . stumped . Merry Christmas.

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That is really bad, Jer. Almost snorted muesli onto my kybd.

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yup,bad

I think he should stick to photography and not try to branch out into humour....

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The original story is here Enormous Driftwood Washes Ashore in Washington | OurAmazingPlanet.com

Seems the pic was taken mid last year. Amazing nevertheless.
12-22-2011, 07:40 PM   #10
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That is really bad, Jer. Almost snorted muesli onto my kybd.

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Guilty as charged, old buddy. It was unforgivable - which is why I enjoyed saying it . Have a great holiday, my friend.

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I think he should stick to photography and not try to branch out into humour....
I think you've dug right to the root of my problem . . . . . .

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12-23-2011, 01:12 PM   #11
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When I was in my teens the family took a trip to Yellowstone park. One of the things to do there is to attend one of the talks given by the rangers. This ranger was giving a talk about all the big old trees in the park (and the other things in the park) and us kids just started looking around for what he was talking about. We had trees in the yard bigger then these tree (about 12 inches across). At the end of the talk we went up to the ranger and asked where in the park we could go to see these big trees. He looked puzzled at us and then around at the trees surrounding us (to my brothers and sisters they were just big bushes). Finally he then asked were we were from. When we said Washington State he said that explains it. We don't have Redwood trees growing naturally in the state but trees really do like to grow here. As for the size of the tree in the photo it is not all that rare but what is unusual is to have one fall off a cliff and then wash ashore. Even thought the article stated that it probably fell into a river this is most likely not the case as if it fell into a river it would likely get stuck and if it made it to the sea it would not be in a large piece. But off of a cliff like on the island behind the tree that could work.


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reminds me of...

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That's the same neck of the woods as here (no pun intended). Of course most of the original trees were harvested, but they are still around. Most of the forests here are 3rd growth, but even the 2nd growth get quite large. I took this photo here on the island (this one is 1st growth). You don't really get the sense of size unless you include some people in the photo to act as a reference. If you were to include part of the root structure, the tree to the right of the people should be about the same size as the one found on the beach.


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Guilty as charged, old buddy. It was unforgivable - which is why I enjoyed saying it . Have a great holiday, my friend.

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Thanks, Jer. All the best,
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I've seen some huge ones out on the west coast but not like that.
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