California is home to some of the most beautiful beaches and national parks on the planet. Its redwood forests are known for their gigantic trees, some of which are hundreds of years old.
On the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains stands the world’s third largest tree in terms of volume. The tree is 247 meters tall and a whopping 45,000 cubic feet in terms of volume. Locals call it “The President.”
This tree is so huge and so vast that no one has ever before successfully managed to photograph it in its entirety. This giant is around 3200 years old and is still growing at a staggering rate of one cubic meter of wood per year.
A team from National Geographic decided to accomplish the task. It took 32 days and 126 pictures to get ‘The President’ in one image. The end result was simply terrific!
This ancient and wonderful relic has no doubt stood the test of time. It also reminds us of how important it is to protect our biodiversity and ecosystems.
The below video shows how the team managed to capture the image: