albumen silver print, 61,4 x 54,1 cm / 24,2 x 21,3 inch
Grizzly Giant is a giant sequoia over 60 meters tall, located within Mariposa Grove, a grove of Yosemite Park. This extraordinary tree is over 2000 years old. Mariposa Grove was visited for the first time by Westerners in 1857. It was also with explorer Galen CLARK, who was present during the Grizzly Giant discovery, that Carleton WATKINS went there.
The giant trees of the Yosemite Valley have quickly become important tourist sites. Carleton WATKINS is known for his photographs of the Yosemite Valley, including several photographs of these giant redwoods. Carleton WATKINS is the first to photograph the Grizzly Giant in its entirety, thanks to its mammoth glass plates (about 21 x 24 inch).