Tuesday, January 1

175 Foot Short

We walk a familiar trail and I (re) learn the giant redwoods of Big Trees one of three kinds : the Sierra Sequoias, where we are now; the Coastal Redwoods lining Northern California and the Metas (for meta sequoias) in China.  Once these beautiful giants, the largest living things on earth ever, covered the northern hemisphere when the climate warmer; now they remain in groves which offer protection from wind and sun, moisture and a relatively mild climate. The three pictured about 175 feet while the largest in the park, the Louis Agassiz tree in the South Grove, is "only" 250 feet but it is over 25 feet in diameter six feet above the ground.  The Agassiz 'drinks' about 275 gallons of water a day and its roots system covers more than an acre; over a year, she creates enough new wood for a 75 foot tree.

Madeleine: "Auntie Katie I lost a tooth. My last tooth!"
Katie: "Well let me see then."
Madeleine: "It's in the bin. Mum threw it away."
Sonnet: "By accident. It was on a napkin and I didn't see it."
Katie: "Teeth last a long time in our family. Moe has all our teeth, from 35 or 40 years ago."
Madeleine: "Are they moldy ? "
Katie: "He keeps them in a drawer, in their bedroom."
Madeleine: "Isn't that kind of gross?"
Sonnet: "We are not keeping your last tooth, Madeleine, so don't you worry."
Madeleine: "Not even if we brush it or something?"
Katie: "Yeah, even if you brush it or something?"
Madeleine: "It is my last tooth mom."
Sonnet: "And the last one to go in to the bin."