Friday, January 25, 2013

California Giant Redwood Trees - 1915

Each morning since Hurricane Sandy I wake up to the sound of chain saws and wood chippers. The trees in my area were hit hard and the cleanup continues. I never fail to be impressed by photos of lumberjacks working by hand a century ago.

The photos are part of the Ericson Collection, a series of pictures from northwest California from the 1880s through the 1920s by Swedish photographer A. W. Ericson. Read more about this exhibition here


Gail, in northern California said...

Thankfully, whole acres were set aside for future generations to enjoy, escaping the wrath of the saws. North of us we have the glorious Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt County with trees large enough to drive a car through! What a kick that is for little kids.

In recent years Save-the-Redwoods League saved 426 precious acres along the Skunk Train route (an old-fashioned steam engine running between Willits and the Pacific Coast). Can't imagine that train ride if the logging company had been allowed to log it...instead they sold it for $7 million. A tidy sum for them and the trees thrive.

Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Amazing photos. That must have taken them days to saw through the trunk (rather sad thing to do, mind you). I've only seen the huge trees in British Columbia, but one day I'll make it to California.