Armstrong Redwoods

While the hills of western Sonoma County were being systematically denuded of old-growth redwood trees in the second half of the 19th Century, Colonel Armstrong set aside this small area to preserve a few giants. Eventually it became a popular state park, named after the colonel. It’s especially popular in the summer, when the temperature under the trees can be 20 or 30 degrees cooler than the adjacent town of Guerneville.

The tallest tree in the park is 310 feet (94 meters) in height. The oldest has been around for at least 1400 years. But coast redwoods—Sequoia sempervirens—can live to be taller and older. As they stand here, it’s almost impossible to get a good top-to-bottom photograph that shows their true scale. No way could I fit the Ogre into the frame with the crown of a lofty redwood.

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5 response to "Armstrong Redwoods"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 13, 2018

    Wow! Those are some beautiful photographs! The uprooted tree with the starburst pattern and Ogre is spectacular!
    Ive seen lots of photos along the Avenue of the Giants, but nothing compares to your photos.
    Absolutely great!!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 13, 2018

      Thanks for the kind words, Rich. Armstrong Redwoods is actually small potatoes compared to Avenue of the Giants, which is about 170 miles north of here. I spent a couple of days up there last year, although maybe I managed to snap better photos today. Wherever you find them, the redwoods are pretty darn impressive.

      Avenue of the Giants in 2017:

  2. By: The Navigator Posted: June 13, 2018

    Ah, that’s the park my friends’ parents took me to! Your photos are amazing, Bill, and you really do capture the aura and atmosphere of the trees. You could make a calendar with that set of photos 🙂

  3. By: Seasidejanet Posted: June 14, 2018

    As always the redwoods are amazing!! So glad you get around so much!! Thanks for sharing!

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