Stunning 360 Pictures Reveal Tops of Giant Sequoias
The massive, 250-foot tall trees are faring better than other species through the California drought, scientists also discovered.
Harnessing up and climbing to the top of a giant sequoia is a "magical, life-changing experience," says canopy biologist Anthony R. Ambrose of the University of California, Berkeley.
"They are massive organisms that have been growing for thousands of years," Ambrose adds. "When you get up into their enormous, complex crowns you feel like an ant."
Ambrose hopes the public can now experience part of what it's like to scale a rope up a 250-foot tall giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron giganteum) while planted safely on the ground. He and his colleague Wendy L. Baxter are featured in new 360 videos produced by National Geographic for Facebook.
The videos were shot in June in the storied Giant Forest of California's Sequoia National