Ancient Trees: Some of the World’s Oldest and Rarest Trees [PHOTOS]

Our planet is home to some of the most intriguing and beautiful trees, from those with the thickest and tallest trunks to those with the most unusual canopies. San Francisco-based photographer Beth Moon spent 14 years traveling the world photographing many of these unique trees in order to “commemorate the lives of the world’s most dramatic trees, many which are in danger of destruction.” Fittingly, she named the series “Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time.”

Moon chooses what trees to photograph based on three criteria: age, immensity, and notable history. Her works, therefore, requires extensive research. She develops her prints with a platinum/palladium process, a very rare, labor-intensive technique that results in prints with remarkable tone and durability, which mirrors the durability of the trees themselves.

On her website, Moon writes:

Standing as the earth’s largest and oldest living monuments, I believe these symbolic trees will take on a greater significance; especially at a time when our focus is directed at finding better ways to live with the environment, celebrating the wonders of nature that have survived throughout the centuries. By feeling a larger sense of time, developing a relationship with the natural world, we carry that awareness with us as it becomes a part of who we are.









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