Forest Facts

Redwood Sorrel Sun Salutation

Ever wonder why redwood sorrel (Oxalis oregano) leaves appear to wilt in the sun?  The leaves fold downwards when sun flecks shine onto patches of this tiny plant that carpets the coast redwood forest floor.  This is a protective response because this shade-loving plant will get sunburned with prolonged exposure to sunlight. What is remarkable about this to me is that … Continue reading

Wyoming Redwood
Redwood adventures

Wyoming Redwood

I just returned from a New Year’s trip throughYellowstone National Park, where I hiked out to see one of the petrified redwoods still standing on the forest slopes of Wyoming. This ancient redwood has been through an amazing transformation—its wood has turned to stone and the landscape around it has experienced dramatic changes over the millions of years it’s been standing. … Continue reading