Albino redwoods

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Saturday, 7 November 2015

Prompted by a comment from last week’s post, I hiked the perimeter of El Corte de Madera open space preserve today, hoping to find another giant salamander.

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No luck, but the cool autumn day was wonderful, no matter what. I would have been happier with fewer crazy mountain bikies, but you take what you can get.

Sunday, 8 November

Ellen had very nicely organized a short hike for open space volunteers, into an area that’s completely closed off from public access, to visit a couple of groves of albino redwoods. There were about ten or a dozen of us.

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It was a little rainy, but beautiful.

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Even without albinos, this would be worth a visit. Very nice.

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Here is the larger of the two albino groves. The trees in the background are not albinos; the albinos have no chlorophyll, and cannot photosynthesize, so they grow as much as they can, and die off. We see lots of the dead earlier growth here.

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The group looking and talking.

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This is what they look like close up. Full redwood foliage structure, just no color.

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We went on to the second albino observation. This one is actually a burl on the side of a tree. Someone said this might be caused by a virus, and the idea of having an anomalous structure on an otherwise normal tree would tend to reinforce that idea.

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More beautiful views, these along the creek.

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There were at least two newts at the bottom of those little ponds. Don’t see them?

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Here’s one.

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Later, we found a couple more, out hiking along the trail.

Great place, great day! Thanks, Ellen.

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One Response to “Albino redwoods”

  1. dipperanch Says:

    This website explains the different forms of albino redwoods and studies on how they are formed. Some new information is coming out about how adaptive ancient redwoods are. http://www.chimeraredwoods.com

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