Park Number: 15/59
First Visited: March 5, 2011
Sequoias are the most diligent trees on the planet: no insect penetrates their thick bark; no disease afflicts their immunities; not even lightning ends their existence. They are kings among saplings, the monarchs of the forest. But, although strong and mighty, they are also nurturing. Sequoias bring life to the whole forest—from the tiny clover to the formidable fir. When a Sequoia finally falls, it is not uncommon for multiple other trees to grow out of its corpse and live off the lasting legacy now dissolving back in to the soil.
I try to remember this when looking to my own species. I try to remember this when fostering the communal stories we need in order to rise like future kings and queens from the royalty that reared us.