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Maple Height Record - Humboldt Honey - 157.8 ft.

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by mdvaden, Oct 29, 2012.

  1. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Sitting here typing from the Curly Redwood Lodge in Crescent City, California, during another redwoods visit ... Yesterday morning, I went to Avenue of the Giants (Humboldt Redwoods State Park), and measured a tall maple I found some weeks ago. Apparently, this is the tallest (known) of any Acer species in the USA, and I've heard of none taller anywhere else either. The laser photo shows the first increment. The rest of the the height was the trunk's extension below the laser.

    Acer macrophyllum > Bigleaf Maple
    Height > 157.8 ft. / 48.09 m
    Circumference > 9.5 ft. / 2.89 m

    Name > "Humboldt Honey"

    Location > Avenue of the Giants

    There is a younger guy (Zane) who has been exploring lately, just off to college, whom I suspect will look for more soon. He found a rash of other tall hardwoods the past year, farther south. It's hard to imagine there's not one taller yet in this area.

    Will be up in Jedediah Smith Redwoods today, doing hiking and photography. Recent rains have washed everything clean. The air feels so fresh.




  2. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,678

    what a serene, surreal place! Kudos on the find, nice.
  3. OakNut

    OakNut LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,104

    Very nice.

    Wish I was there instead of here worrying about my roof blowing off in the impending storm on this side of the country.

    The closest I've been to forest like that is Cook Forest state park here in western Pennsylvania. It's a beautiful place with enormous stones that protrude from the forest floor and from what I recall, some of the tallest, and oldest stands of white pine, and hemlock in the state.

    More here if it interests you:

    (not my photos)
  4. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Sounds like I would not cross PA without stopping there for photos if I have a chance to drive out that way.

    Here's one more from this past redwood visit, but in Jedediah Smith redwoods to the north of the park where I measured the tall maple.


  5. alexschultz1

    alexschultz1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,582

    Incredible pictures man, one of my many dreams was to become an arborist for the redwood forest. I just want to climb one :)
  6. Ben Bowen

    Ben Bowen LawnSite Bronze Member
    from PNW
    Messages: 1,178

    Fantastic pictures. My family (me, wife, 3 boys) took a little road trip to the Redwoods last month. I used your site to pick most of our stops. Thanks for all the fantastic, and very accessible, information.
  7. Groomer

    Groomer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,678

    pics are sharp, what camera setup?
  8. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    For the shots posted above ...

    Canon 60D and the lens Tamron 17-50mm 2.8 VC

    The sun rays photo particularly was ...

    ISO 320
    1/40 sec


    Just realized ... the maple leaf photo was a Tokina 11-16mm 2.8 set wide


    The photo below was driving in Jedediah Smith redwoods along the old Howland Hill Rd., shooting hand-held out out the window. A maple in fall color across the Mill Creek.

  9. eatonpcat

    eatonpcat LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,636

    You got Skillz my friend! Thanks for sharing!
  10. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    Bumping this one because Autumn 2013 is here, and fall color season is the best time to find another world record maple.

    If any of you in Nor Cal, or places like Washington are headed to forest with tall canopy, keep an eye out for golden foliage above 150 feet.

    Enjoy the hunt.

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