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Ancient Trees: Woman Spends 14 Years Photographing World’s Oldest Trees
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Ancient Trees: Woman Spends 14 Years Photographing World’s Oldest Trees

Beth Moon, a photographer based in San Francisco, has been searching for the world’s oldest trees for the past 14 years. She has traveled all around the globe to capture the most magnificent trees that grow in remote locations and look as old as the world itself.

“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” writes Moon in her artist statement.

Sixty of Beth Moon’s duotone photos were published in a book titled “Ancient Trees: Portraits Of Time”. Here you can have a sneak preview of the book, full of strangest and most magnificent trees ever.

More info: bethmoon.comabbeville.com (h/t: colossal)

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ChantalePerron
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

On that one, i disagree about the black and white choice. Trees are magnificent in their colors, they express so much more of their life!

AliceSwartz
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Black & white better highlights the textures, which is mostly what makes them interesting.

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cest_nayce
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish we could get the location of these.

Smores
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Go to http://www.bethmoon.com/TouchWood01.html, she has the names under the photos and then you can Google the locale.

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Molkisha美安歌
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The point of them being in black and white is to express their age. They are as old as time, so b&w gives them thus atmosphere. Big like!

LisaCombest
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Magnificent old beings. I love the black and white format. It helps show the detail in the tree's bark. It also helps imply age.

PrincePal
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome collection. This post will inspire people to Plant Tree :)

LucianaBalderrama
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amaizing!! They are so beautiful! Congratulations! Great subject!

DutseGud
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Black and white puts the emphasis on the structure

ChaliqODonnell
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wish I knew where they were I'd like to see a few in person. B&W is nice but I disagree with the comments about the highlights & textures.

MaddyLonghurst
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Miraculously magnificent and magical!

MichelleGoldsmith
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, but it would be better if in each photo there was some sense of scale. It is only the ruins (Thai?) that show relative size.

AlanC
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wonderful pics, thanks! But locations would be most helpful.

Chengwatana4est
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

These do not appear b&w to me, so many different gray values. These are stunning. Brilliant job by the photographer/artist

MarkElsdon
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Stunning and captured beautifully! No colour required IMO, but I'd love to know what the trees are and where they are too!

Alex2015
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Methuselah Bristlecone Pine Tree photo is of a dead tree, I was there. The tree next to it is even older, and is still alive.

Susanta Nayak
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just amazing trees which r telling a lot of ancient history of the civilization ... Black & white photos showing its own beauty ... As an artist I always inspired by trees as it shows me as with composition of many human bodies & I made some paintings with concept of human life & generation ... Thanks for ur wonderful photographs ...

Alexandra Cevallos Castro
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Magnificent work. She should come to Manabí province in Ecuador, S.A. We have the most ancient and sensuous Ceibo trees.

Kristi Chaffin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I would love to have a giant framed print of one of these for my living room.

Brenda Ingram
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think they are all divine in presentation and would love to have a very large panel of several of those shown. Trees are awesome. They remind me of elephants. Massive and ancient.

Örjan Danielsson
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Karl Brodowsky/Wikimedia Commons The world’s oldest known living tree sprouted sometime during the last Ice Age, roughly 9,550 years ago. This 16-foot spruce in the Dalarna province of Sweden may look more like a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree, but don’t be fooled: this little guy’s root system got started back when the British Isles were still connected to Europe by an ice bridge. According to Wired, geologist Leif Kullman, who discovered the tree, named it after his dead dog.

Keith Boeckman
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It would be nice if there was some info with these, like what kind of tree, where the photo was taken, how old is the tree, etc

Rosemary W Sullivan
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some remind me of trees on the island of Nevis.......love trees anywhere I meet them.

Dean Mindock
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She used B&W and infrared for some of the photos, methinks. This brings out the form and shape better than full color. Memo to self: time to upgrade my old point and shoot camera.

Kirsten DeMott
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I wanted to know where each one is

Thom S Johnson
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Where are the 'live' Bristlecone Pines?

Cyndi Foore
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The black and white is so much more dramatic than color, you look at the texture and shape rather than be distracted with colors.

Charmaine MacDonald
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One of the most magnificent collections of trees surely. Lets get planting and save the planet! Help reduce CO2 emissions and fight global warming! Plant trees for free by simply clicking on the link. Reduce carbon emissions and fight global warming. http://ecologyfund.com/ http://caretoclick.com/… http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/ .http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/rainforest/ http://www.care2.com/click-to-donate/global-warming/ http://therainforestsite.greatergood.com/clickToGi…/trs/home When You Plant It Forward, You Change Lives. https://info.ecosia.org/what http://cannecy.free.fr/iforest/en/ http://www.landcareniagara.com/index.php http://www.shopforyourcause.com/click-donate-share… http://www.klimatbalans.se/klicka.html http://www.diewaldseite.de/ When you choose the activity you want to support and click the "Donate" button, Brother will make a donation of one yen (about one cent USD) per click on your behalf. http://www.brotherearth.com/en/top.html #

Linda Barlow
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

tree types, general location would be great

Joan McKniff
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How could you not provide location captions or even a list after the photos?

Joan McKniff
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How could you skip location captions?

McKenzie Leedom
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes, let's all waste our breath arfuing about whether they shiuld be in black and white or not.

Jürgen Buschbaum
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Not a single olive tree in the collection... fault!!!

Julie Fahrenbacher
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