The undisputed King of the Forest, the General Sherman tree is not only the largest living tree in the world, but the largest living organism, by volume, on the planet. A giant sequoia.
These trees can grow to be about 30 feet (9 meters) in diameter and more than 250 feet (76 meters) tall. The biggest of these behemoths is General Sherman, these giants reside in Sequoia National Park. General Sherman stands 275 feet (84 meters) tall, has a 102-foot (31 meters) circumference, and weighs an incredible 2.7 million pounds (1.2 million kilograms). Giant sequoias can live to 3,000 years, with the oldest on record living more than 3,500 years.
Mature trees lack branches on the lower half of their trunks. The trunks taper as they rise, forming a rounded top where individual branches sweep downward. Their green leaves are small, scale-like, and arranged in spirals. Both male and females cones are carried on the same tree.
Below are 126 processed images to capture the gigantic tree that resides in the Sequoia National Park.