California’s redwood forests are known for their gigantic trees, but one magnificent tree in particular really stands out.
On the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains stands the world’s third largest tree in terms of volume.
Locals call it “The President.”
“The President” is far from being the world’s tallest tree, but still, it measures 247 feet (75 m) tall.
In terms of volume, however, the tree is the world’s third largest at 45,000 cubic feet (1,278 cubic meters), or the size of about 127,800 milk cartons.
But what’s perhaps its most impressive stat is the tree’s age.
“The President” is estimated to be about 3,200 years old.
The sequoia, or giant redwood, was named after the American president Warren G. Harding in 1923.
And “The President” is still growing at breakneck speed.
The giant redwood adds a cubic meter of wood to its mass every year.
No one had ever managed to capture the huge tree in one image before.
But a team from National Geographic decided to try.
With the help of wires, the team managed to get get all of the pictures they needed to combine them into one enormous image.
It took 32 days and 126 pictures to get “The President” in one image.
The result? Wow!
Watch a video about how the team managed to capture the amazing shot here: