From the base of the towering sycamore tree, its top branches disappear above the rest of the forest canopy.
Even in a grove of other large trees, the sycamore stands out as a monster. The branches are as large as surrounding trees themselves and spread out to cover seemingly the entire creek valley it sits in.
The tree has earned the distinction as the tallest in Johnson County, a 136-foot-high behemoth.
“It’s almost too hard to tell how big it is just by standing by it. The further back you get, the more it seems to grow,” said Pamela Henthorn, a Trafalgar resident whose family owns the tree.