giant things

the path through cathedral grove
i have always found it pretentious the way bands like oasis compare themselves to the beatles. i mean, i find it so much so that they must be joking. beyond this, they release albums with names such as “standing on the shoulders of giants” and that kind of thing. how could they compare themselves to the beatles when the beatles had no such band to compare themselves to? that by itself seperates them.

giants fallen from a massive wind storm
but mockery of oasis is not the purpose of this post. there’s something bigger than even the beatles and oasis combined.
i would be talking of cathedral grove — the ancient rainforest between port alberni and the east side of the island. some of these trees are over 800 years old. and they’re alive.
they’re over 800 years old.
walking around in that area is just breathtaking. i could have walked around for hours if it were not for the particularly cold weather that day. there’s just something awe inspiring about the scale of all of this. pictures don’t do it justice, but they do make for mighty fine reminders if you’ve been there before.

what the @#$! is this?!
thank you for the feedback on those tennis ball shots. yes, they’re all from the same shot but the cropping and sizing obviously makes a big difference. no one said what i thought they would say, but thats what makes the comments and complications even cooler. i saw the middle image in a different way after considering what jim wrote.
it’s kind of like how it was being in atlin and trying to bring some of it home with you on the camera. i had trouble capturing the scale of the whole thing. it has a lot to do with the composition of the image .. you need to have something to compare all the size to. i think i was able to achieve this in one atlin picture by capturing anastasia in the image with the mountains in the background. compare that to another picture with my face in the foreground and the mountains in the background. neat shot, but you dont get near the sense of the immensity of the mountains.
the last atlin shot brings me to something else that is rather large.

the largest, oldest tree in cathedral grove at 800+ years
i put up a new entry in my (simple) music and mixes blog, which is still all mixes and no music. this entry is for my proton radio featured artist mix which aired january the 8th. there’s a 192k mp3 hosted off of‘s phat pipes
(that means high speed connection), and of course the entry is complete with a CD cover and tracklistings should you choose to burn it. i made the cover for it yesterday out of one of the atlin pictures and a bit of the usual graphic design. there’s also a link to the proton radio featured artist website with a bio and all that kind of stuff. it all clocks in an a giant two hours and fifty minutes. if you haven’t yet heard it, i hope you enjoy it!

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  1. Yah, isn’t Cathedral Grove amazing? I went there years and years ago and I can still feel that sense of “Oh, WOW” that you get just from being near there. It’s fucking breathtaking, nothing can really describe it. Maybe we should take George Bush and tie him up in a rainforest, and leave him there for a few days. I’ll bet then he wouldn’t want to drill in the Wildlife Reserve.

  2. I have a picture of myself and Rocky there from a few years ago, with that big-as-fuck tree. That’s at 800 +years of age.
    The biggest of all trees, if they are left alone, would undoubtedly be the Giant Sequoias (Redwoods) of California. They live, and grow, up to 4000 years old.
    The oldest, while definitely not the biggest, is the Pinus Aristata (Bristle Cone Pine), which may live up to 5000 years yet not pass 12 metres in height.
    Isn’t it crazy? And people, humans, wonder if they will live to 80. There is a lotta history in those trees, if they had eyes they would have seen a lot. They’ve certainly weathered a lot of time!
    I want to see a Giant Sequoia at 3000-4000 years of age. That’s all I would like to see =)
    My info comes from (, check it out for yourself! There are plenty of other interesting things and trees there too!

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