Nestled in the Sierra Nevada range of Eastern California, lives a sleeping giant known as “The President”. Until now this giant sequoia tree has never been seen by most people. Estimated to be the largest tree in the world, The President stuns scientists by continuing to grow at a consistent rate. Because of it’s overwhelming size, The President has never been fully captured on camera until now… and the image is as breathtaking as you would imagine:
It took a team of dedicated National Geographic photographers 126 photographs and 32 days to finish the giant image above, but capturing the photos during a snowstorm was the biggest challenge of all.
Photographers, working with park scientists, risked their lives to be the first to capture the mammoth sequoia, which many people believe to be the largest tree on the planet (when considering height and width).
To put this gigantic tree into perspective, here it is explained in numbers:
Giant sequoia trees only exist in one small area of the world — 5,000-8,000 feet above sea level on the western slope of the Sierra Nevadas.
Over the course of 3,200+ years, The President has weathered hundreds of storms and seen many, many generations come and go. Today we are fortunate enough to see the magnificent tree in all it’s glory. Check out the footage of how the photographers captured this beast and then please go ahead and SHARE this with all of your friends!