This 3,200-Year-Old Tree Is So Big, It’s Never Been Captured In A Single Photograph… Until Now


On the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas in California, there’s a very special tree. California’s forests are known for their trees, but this one is so special, it even has a nickname.

Locals call it “The President.” And until now, it’s never been seen in its entirety.
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It stands 247 feet tall and 45,000 cubic feet in volume.
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But what’s most awe-inspiring about this tree is its age.
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This mammoth tree is estimated to be 3,200 years old
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And the tree is still growing at one of the fastest rates in the world. “The President” adds 1 cubic meter of wood every year.
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It took a whole team from National Geographic to photograph the tree.
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Pulleys and levers help the workers scale the enormous tree
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It took 32 days and 126 photographs to get this one comprehensive photograph of the tree.
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Here is a video showing National Geographic’s process in capturing this striking image.