Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) are the tallest trees in the world. They can easily reach heights of 300 feet (91 meters), towering above the grounds in California. Taking a portrait of any Redwood tree is certainly a huge undertaking, challenging maybe an understatement for this case.
This unbelievable one of a kind photo, taken by Michael Nichols, is a mosaic composed of 84 images. At least 1,500 years old, a 300-foot titan in California’s Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park has the most complex crown scientists have mapped.
Photographer Nick Nichols spent a year planning the nearly impossible: a top-to-bottom photograph of a 300-foot-tall redwood tree. It was made the centerpiece of the October issue of National Geographic Magazine. The portrait was made possible with several professionals – Technical assistance: Ken Geiger, NG Staff; Nathan Williamson; Walter Boggs, David Mathews, and Kenji Yamaguchi, NG Staff; Jim C. Spickler; Giacomo Renzullo; Marty Reed, Steve Sillett, and Marie Antoine, Humboldt State University
Watch the video below, and See how they did it.
Titan is not the tallest redwood tree. A tree named Hyperion dwarfs them all. The tree was discovered in 2006, and is 379.7 feet (115.7 m) tall. It currently the tallest tree in the world. Other giant redwoods include Helios, which is just a shade smaller than Hyperion, at 374.3 feet (114.1 m), as well as Icarus (371.2 feet or 113.1 m) and Daedalus (363.4 feet or 110.8 m). The exact locations of many of these giants is kept secret to prevent vandalism.
A typical redwood lives for 500 to 700 years, although some have been documented at more than 2,000 years old.
The National Park Service says the redwoods’ great height is due, in part, to the favorable climatic conditions found in California, including mild year-round temperatures and heavy annual rainfall.