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

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

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The trunk measures 27 feet across, and between the base and the highest peak, there are an estimated two billion needles.

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Until now, the tree had never been photographed in its entirety. A team of photographers from National Geographic worked with scientists from California’s Sequoia National Park to try to be the first.

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It took an intricate set of pulleys and levers to scale the tree, which one scientist argues is the largest in the world (if you take into account width).

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After stitching together 126 separate photos, we are left with this mind-blowing portrait of The President.

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