Aside from the its enormous size, the bark of a Redwood Tree has two characteristics distinctly different than the bark of other trees: it doesn't contain any resin or pitch that makes other tree's bark so susceptible to catching fire and its bark holds a lot of moisture. These two evolutionary advantages have given the Redwood's the incredible ability to persevere through waves of ravaging fires that clears out a forest every few decades. It's such an advantage, in fact, that most of these trees live to be at least 500 years old, and some even manage to live up to 2000 years of age. No other place on the Earth fosters trees this old and, subsequently, so enormous.
In a landscape where everything is super sized, it's hard to grasp just how large these trees really get. In order to get a sense of scale, I posed against the landscape in order to get a better sense of scale.