Copyright 2016 by Mario Vaden
The huge coast redwood below is not one of the New Discoveries , but rather one of the giants I encountered back in 2008. I returned again in 2016 with a wide angle lens to get my first image here. Personally, I'm sitting on the fence about sharing it's name, but I know for certain that someone with the parks would like this one to remain anonymous - an easy favor to provide. The primary point I hope to convey with this image, is how redwoods this massive can remain hidden or undiscovered for so many years. Look at all the color and texture on the trunk and all around it in the forest. From 50 feet away the size is more apparent. But from 100 to 300 feet away, realizing it's size can be entirely different, especially if no person is next to it for scale.
Over the years, noted redwood explorers found quite a few coast redwoods not specifically named in books or not photographed (sometimes due to rain, dead batteries or lens angle limitation).