North America ticks all the boxes when it comes to trees – they have the tallest, oldest and biggest!
The Coastal Redwood, the tallest living thing on earth towers skywards (110+ metres) leaving you feeling ant-like, among the ferns. The Bristlecone Pine, the oldest living thing on earth, approx 5000 years old, endures a harsh climate of altitude, wind and snow.
Then there is the Giant Sequoia, which can grow as wide 50 meters around and reach up to 90 metres. They are gigantic and monumental in presence – and how their ‘cinnamon’ bark glows in the afternoon light.
Unbelievably, Sequoias were once logged for fence posts, but now it is climate change that is a real threat to their survival. As our climate gets warmer, the shallow root system of these massive trees (they have no taproot) will dry out, they won’t get the water required and will have trouble reproducing. With reduced snowfall and increasing storms, we may see these trees topple and fall, losing them forever
Scientists are starting to wonder if the giant Sequoias will survive this century…
‘Sequoia, America Soundscapes’ is a 80 minute album, and it was recorded among these Sequoia trees.
Put some headphones on, close your eyes and imagine yourself surrounded by the biggest living organisms on the planet.
Established in 1993 by nature sound recordist Andrew Skeoch and photographer Sarah Koschak, Listening Earth offers a range of beautiful nature sound recordings from around the world.
"Our albums feature only the sounds of nature as you would hear in the wild - no music or other distractions. Recorded in often remote and pristine locations, they bring you the relaxing and beautiful sounds of our living planet. Listen, and let our recordings take you there."