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This 3200 Year Old Tree Is So Huge It’s Never Been Captured In A Single Image. Until Now.

Friday, March 21, 2014 17:14
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This 3200 Year Old Tree Is So Huge It’s Never Been Captured In A Single Image. Until Now.

It takes a special kind of tree to have a nickname.


“The President” is one of those trees. The giant sequoia stands 247 feet tall, measures 45,000 cubic feet in volume, and is an estimated 3,200 years old.


The trunk is 27 feet wide and the his mighty branches hold 2 billion needles, the most of any tree on the planet.

seqoia trunk

On top of that, he still adds one cubic meter of wood per year – making him one of the fastest growing trees in the world.

seqoia growing

Giant sequoias exist in only one place, where The President and smaller trees that make up his “House” and “Senate”, reside.On the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas in California, at 5000-8000 ft above sea level.

General Sherman in winter

Until now, the tree had never been photographed in its entirety.A team of photographers from National Geographic worked with scientists from the park to be the first.

seqoia pic

It took an intricate set of pulleys and levers to scale the tree, which some argue is the largest in the world (taking width into account).

seqoia pullys

After 32 days and stitching together 126 separate photos, we are left with this breathtaking portrait of The President.

NGS Picture ID:1507300

Absolutely incredible. To see how it was done, check out this video:



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  • Factory Farms FEAR the MooCow

    If senators in the US say “We have to cut the tree down in order to see what happens” they would cut it down in an instant and declare an accomplishment. :grin:

    • apache5

      you are corrct and IF they did they should all be HUNG for treason!! it is idiots like that are ruining our country and only WE can remove them and restore our great nation!

    • Mayhem

      Now that we’ve found it we have to cut it down. How will we ever know if the world’s tallest tree snaps about a third of the way from the top if we don’t drop it? :evil:

      Like a chimney stack demolition, yeah? Chop it down already; we can always grow another one :roll:

      • Mayhem

        You’ll understand my sarcasm if you know a little of the history of my country…–home-of-the-worlds-largest-and-oldest-kauri-trees/

        … When englund colonized Aotearoa, and gave us New Zealand, she did it to an unblemished tropical rain forest. Annoyingly there were far too many Kauri tree’s getting in the way of the pasture lands that we now have. Pragmatic as ever queenie’s little minions burnt nine Kauri where they stood for every one that they harvested. I’d have to check but, overall, i’m sure we lost 90% of these grand trees, to greed, and few people even care.

        Oh yeah: and now we have a fungal disease killing our Kauri, it’s a Euro-fungus, lovely.

        How much for the last fish?

  • snowl

    What a beautiful tree!!

    I thought this article was going to be about this beautiful tree, but you connected to such an ugly ideology. Shame on you!

  • crabby

    ‘the president’.. 3200 y.o.. show me the birth certificate..

  • styxs

    What an amazing natural treasure !

    GOD Bless America !!!!

  • Lone Ranger

    Great tree… bad name…Where was it born…Kenya?

  • truthzilla

    If only trees could talk what history would this tree tell!

  • Truthseeker

    And when America crashes to the ground because God has turned His back on us; we have turned into Sodom and Gomorrah thus God has removed our protection.

    The Beast power and the false prophet, after they have defeated America in the 3rd world war, will come in to this nation and cut this tree down and all of our other national treasures and sell them on the world market for gain.

  • Alan

    Walks mightly of the space/force around it……. speaks volumes.. :cool:

  • Alan

    Gves the tre a hug, :D

    Echoes of Time

  • WeBeDoomed

    Holy crud! That sure would make some good kindling :wink:

  • Болеслава

    The article states this is the first time it has been captured whole on film, but it should be visible as a whole to the “naked eye”? Worth the trip to see it if one lives locally, say within 200 miles.
    One for the memory vault.

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