Copyright 2014 by Mario Vaden
Artemis is a very large Coast Redwood. Maybe more interesting than it's great dimensions, is a small stream that flows beneath it, and hides from view in the summer.
It was discovered (Spring 2002) and named by Christine Ambrose, the wife of Anthony Ambrose (who assisted Prof. Steve Sillett (Humboldt State Univ.) on various research climbs. She named it after the Greek virgin huntress goddess ... sister of Apollo.
There's actually a small opening in the earth on the uphill side where one can peer down at the water and even hear. The tiny stream seems to flow most of the year ... and probably all year. This grows on the fringe of an unofficial grove called Atlas Grove, mentioned by author Preston in a redwood adventure book. Written references are few regarding Artemis specifically. like in National Geographic Explorer / Wild Places, short article called Living on Redwood Time.
Artemis was the first old growth Coast Redwood that author Richard Preston ever climbed. He joined Steve Sillett, Marie Antoinne and Robert Van Pelt, for his first ascent into redwood canopy. It was the next afternoon, when Preston wandered into Sillett's garage and made sketches and notes of kinds of climbing gear, including motion lanyards ... 'spider rigs" ... custom-made, for moving around in the old growth canopy..
One of the few redwoods that comes to mind, a little bit similar, is one called Sacagawea in Jedediah Smith Redwoods. Water flows beneath that one during the long rainy season, but maybe not all year.