Introducing the General Sherman, the largest known living single-stem tree on Earth—it’s volume can be seen in this photo (kind of reminds you of the scene in Alice in Wonderland when Alice shrinks from “Drink Me” potion).
The General Sherman was named after American Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman in 1879 and is thought to be 2,000 to 3,000 years old. A giant sequoia, the General Sherman can be found among its family in California’s Sequoia National Park. The tree stands 274.09 feet tall, with the first branch at 133 feet and its trunk ever expanding. This giant sequoia can thank its trunk for its fame; the width at breast height is 79 feet, and in theory, it could be turned into almost 120 miles of standard-size lumber planks.
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I had a religious experience in Cathedral Grove while visiting Vancouver Island. I’ve always adored trees but in that forest I wanted to stay forever and literally hug every last one of those beauties. Their pictures abound in my folder of Trees. I made my own coffee table book of all the breath taking specimens I’ve seen through out my travels. This is a lovely collection.
I’ve always thought that people like this are let off too easy.