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Hello from Cambridge

Posted: Wed May 24, 2017 10:42 am
by JQM-Helios
Greetings, I am Jake Mason from Cambridge, England. My interest in trees started a few months ago when I stumbled across information about the redwood colossuses. Since then I have managed to visit my area of choice once and locate Hyperion. My current top interest is in how trees can grow so tall without water supply failing, and simply WHAT they are, especially trees including all coast redwoods, all giant sequoias, all douglas firs, all giant mountain-ashes and some notable either other species or cut-down individuals including the Ferguson tree, the Nooksack giant, "Patriarch" bristlecone pine. Trees are a wonderful world, a world within their own. Nowadays, I am hoping to go down there more often so I can locate trees such as Helios. There is an amusing fact that I smashed my camera to pieces en route to Hyperion, 3 days before leaving. I am grateful for being part of this wonderful organisation. Good luck!

Re: Hello from Cambridge

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:01 am
by bbeduhn
Welcome, Jake! You certainly have no qualms about being adventurous. There have been multiple discussions about how trees get water to the tops of trees. It's over my head, literally, but others may chime in on the issue.

Re: Hello from Cambridge

Posted: Thu May 25, 2017 9:16 am
by pattyjenkins1
Hi Jake,
On the question of "how big trees can grow so tall without the water supply failing": I have a powerpoint presentation done by Cameron Williams, a PhD candidate at Berkeley who studies water transport in the BIG trees. Cam gave this interesting talk at an annual gathering of tree climbers we hosted in 2013. The BBS software won't allow me to upload it here, but if you (or anyone else) wants to see it, I'll be happy to email it--just PM me. The presentation doesn't have notes and is less effective without the talk, but it's a start. If you google Cameron Williams, there may be articles on this topic written by him.