Tag Archives: Parks/Reserves

Biggest of the big

The biggest tree in the world , by volume, is the General Sherman tree. This tree is a Giant Sequoia tree (Sequoiadendron giganteum) located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park.

The tree has an estimated bole volume of 1,487 cubic metres (52,513 cu ft), and an estimated age of 2,300–2,700 years.

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Grizzly Giant; a Giant Sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in the Mariposa Grove, Yosemite National Park.

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Had a bite of your national symbol lately?

At least 20 nations eat their national animal (several types of fish,  deer, elk, alpaca, camel, pheasant, oryx, bison, gazelle , rabbit, kangaroo and cattle).

From time-to-time, a Kiwi (New Zealander) would remark in rather disapproving tone, “they [Australians] are the only nation to eat their national animal”  (Kangaroo).

South Africans would know this to be untrue as eating Springbok is even captured in song “… gee my Springbok biltong, gee my boer beskuit, gee my lekker koffie …”.

From commentary on the web it looks like the “boast” of being the only nation to eat their national symbol might be of Australian origin.

Irrespective of the source, nations who eat their national animal is not in short supply.

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Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) on alert.

This photo taken at Witzenberg Game Park outside Wolseley, South Africa.

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Seven meters of rain a year!

Fiordland, New Zealand’s largest national park, in the south west corner of the south island is one of the highest rainfall areas in the world.

As much as 8,000 mm (average of around 7,000 mm) of rain will fall in a year and rain will fall on more than 200 days of the year.

 

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Rainwater runoff cascading into the ocean below, Doubtful Sound, New Zealand.

Department of conservation (DOC) info on Fiordland.

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