Our planet is unique, mesmerizing, and mysterious, and a woman decided to capture a part of its magic on photographs while traveling the world for 14 years and documenting ancient trees.
Being the dominant species inhabiting the Earth, we should ensure that its beauty remains for millennia to come, but that it is also fully recognized and appreciated at the present.
Therefore, Beth Moon decided to venture out on a long journey to photograph the oldest trees growing on the planet, and she made an enchanting collection of images that reveal pure natural magic.
She traveled around the globe, Europe, the United States, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, and the results were later published in a book called: “Ancient Trees: Portraits Of Time”.
According to the book description, the volume presents about 70 of her finest tree portraits as full-page duotone plates. She has managed to document trees old for thousands of years, like the tangled, hollow-trunked yews, bristlecone pines in the mountains of California, baobabs of Madagascar, and the amazing dragon’s-blood trees, red-capped and umbrella-shaped, found on the island of Socotra only.
Moon sees trees as the earth’s biggest and oldest living monuments, so they will take on a greater significance, especially at a time when we are trying to live in an environmentally-friendlier way.
She believes that by feeling a larger sense of time and strengthening the relationship with the natural world, we start carrying that awareness with us as it becomes a part of who we are.
Her tree portraits are the best way to commemorate the lives of the world’s most remarkable trees, many of which are in danger of destruction.
Take a look at some of the photographs she took during her journey: