I have a lot of loose ends to take care of this weekend. Anticipating a Thanksgiving house full, front-loading quiet and mental relaxation strikes me as a good idea. So I had lunch today with a very big tree—not in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, but Glendora. A very small park with a very large tree is five minutes from my office and offers the perfect noontime retreat. The name of the park amuses me—Big Tree Park.
There is a big tree in the park, but “big” compared to what? California sierra redwoods are the largest trees in the world, between 250 and 300 feet tall. The largest tree in the world is the General Grant tree, located in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. The General stands 271 feet tall and is 28 feet in diameter.
The tree in Big Tree Park isn’t a giant of these proportions, but it is still impressive. The Moreton Bay Fig (Ficus macrophylla) was planted in this spot by Edgar J. Owens in 1884. What do you think of this fabulous root system? A superb focal point for some well needed quiet contemplation!
And after my experience with nesting raccoons falling at my feet from our front yard redwood, I’ll enjoy my picnic lunch from an adjacent bench. It may take me a while before I’m ready to sit under a tree!