“From hurt to healing” - I always wonder why fire is eventually good for Sequoia's habitat. Fire helps giant sequoias in many ways. Fire dries out the cones, enabling them to crack open and deposit their seeds on the forest floor. Fire loosens the soil, allowing seeds to fall into the mineral-rich earth and gather moisture that was previously drawn by larger plants. Giant sequoias have many trees and shrubs growing around their bases. A mixture of debris from these smaller plants coats the forest floor, creating a barrier that prevents falling seeds from reaching the rich soil. Shade from the smaller plants also makes the ground level too cool for tiny seeds to survive. Fire eradicates these problems. Brush and smaller trees are destroyed, leaving sunny patches and a clear forest floor, perfect for germinating seeds.

I visited General Sherman Tree which is 2200 years old in Sequoia National Park. I wonder how he/she is thinking about the world nowadays. I also learned the most important lesson from redwoods: being hurt is a part of the transformation, it only makes us stronger and better from the broken, don't fear getting hurt at all.