We all travel the Milky Way together, trees and men.”
-John Muir, The Mountains of California
The tree pictured below is traveling the same Milky Way as the rest of us, and as Carl Sagan says, “down deep, at the molecular heart of life” shares essentially the same components that make up we humans. I would love to feel the energy of this tree!
It is 3,200 years old and so massive it was impossible to get the whole tree into one photograph. This majestic giant sequoia is called The President and is located in California’s Sierra Nevada. It is 247 feet tall, 27 feet in diameter, and the article I read said it holds some 2 billion needles – the most of any tree on our planet. The tree is still growing, adding one cubic meter of wood per year!
This photo was quite an endeavor and labor of love requiring a pulley system with levers for climbers and requiring 32 days and 126 separate photos that are pieced together. (the little tiny red dot at the bottom of the picture is a person!)