Wednesday, April 16, 2014

3200 Years in One Photo... - The President

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

Not every tree has a nickname, but 'The President' has earned it. This giant sequoia stands at 247 feet  tall, and is estimated to be over 3,200 years old. Imagine, this tree was already 1200 years old when Jesus walked the earth.

The trunk of the  president measures at 27 feet across, with 2 BILLION needles 
from base to top.

Because of its unbelievable size, this tree has never been photographed in its entirety. Until now. A team of National Geographic photographers have worked along with 
scientists to try and create the first photo that shows the 
president in all its glory.

They had to climb the tree with pulleys and levers, and took thousands of photos.  Of those, they selected 126 and stitched them together, to get this incredible portrait of the President.

And here it is:

Incredible, is it not?

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