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  • March 24, 2016

These Ancient Trees Have Stories to Tell

Author
Becky Harlan

Over three trillion trees live on planet Earth, and yet we know so few of their stories. Of course all trees play an important role—purifying the air, hosting the feathered and the furry, teaching kids (and kids at heart) how to climb—but some have spent more time doing these things than others. Quiver trees, for example, can live up to 300 years, oaks can live a thousand years, and bristlecone pines and yews can survive for millennia.

Picture of western red cedar, Thuja plicata, in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales
The great western red cedar of Gelli Aur, Thuja plicata, in Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales
The arboretum at Gelli Aur (Golden Grove) is home to an impressive selection of mature specimen trees, but none so magnificent as the multitrunked western red cedar, thought to have been planted in 1863.

In 1999, photographer Beth Moon took it upon herself to begin documenting some of these more seasoned trees. Specifically, she sought out aged subjects that were “unique in their exceptional size, heredity, or folklore.” And it was a quest. “So many of our old trees have been cut down,” she says, “that without a concerted effort you are not likely to run across one.”

Picture of desert rose, Adenium obesum, in Socotra, Yemen
Desert rose, Adenium obesum, in Socotra, Yemen
Socotra’s ”bottle trees,” are among the most astonishing sights in the alienlike landscape. Leathery and bulbous, they look somewhat like small baobabs, with inflated trunks and huge tuberous roots that apparently requite little soil, as they sink into the bare rock. Their blossoms have earned them their more poetic name: desert rose.

She found some of her subjects through research and discovered others through tips from friends and enthusiastic travelers. Beginning in Great Britain, she eventually trekked across the United States, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia to connect with oaks named after queens and baobabs shaped like teapots.

Majesty, English oak, Quercus robur, in Nonington, Kent, England One of the largest maiden, or unpruned, oaks in all of Europe grows on a private estate in Kent. Thought to be more than four hundred years old, this aristocratic tree boasts a girth of more than forty feet. At one point, a large branch broke off the north side of the tree, leaving a hole that reveals the cavernous space of the hollow trunk.
Majesty, English oak, Quercus robur, in Nonington, Kent, England
One of the largest maiden, or unpruned, oaks in all of Europe grows on a private estate in Kent. Thought to be more than 400 years old, this aristocratic tree boasts a girth of more than 40 feet. At one point, a large branch broke off the north side of the tree, leaving a hole that reveals the cavernous space of the hollow trunk.

“Sometimes the journey is half the fun,” says Moon, citing a tree in Madagascar that was particularly hard to find. “It was so big, you would think it would be easy to spot. In the end, the local chief came to our aid. He rode with us, giving directions to the tree. The people of the village were so intrigued they followed along behind the jeep and sat in the field watching as I photographed.”

Avenue of the Baobabs, Adansonia grandidieri, in Morondava, Madagascar
Avenue of the Baobabs, Adansonia grandidieri, in Morondava, Madagascar
These baobabs, which rise to heights of nearly a hundred feet, are found only on the island of Madagascar, where they’re known as renala, Malagasy for “mother of the forest.” The trees in this grove are approximately 800 years old. Sadly, these 20-some baobabs are the only survivors of what was once a dense tropical forest. In 2007, the avenue was granted temporary protected status.

Part of what intrigues her about these trees, which are older than many of our most established institutions, is what makes them last. “I am always amazed at the way trees have the ability to endure and adapt to severe conditions. Some ancient trees hollow out as they age as a survival technique. The tree will send an aerial root down the center of the trunk, which will continue to grow from the inside out.” In her book Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, she explains that these ancient individuals “contain superior genes that have enabled them to survive through the ages, resistant to disease and other uncertainties.”

The Crowhurst Yew, Taxus baccata, in Surrey, England  Among the tombstones of a churchyard in Crowhurst stands an ancient yew with a girth of 31 feet. The tree is estimated to be more than 1,500 years old. When the villagers hollowed out the trunk in 1820, they found a cannonball embedded there, a relic of the English Civil War. The farm across from the church may have been the intended target because of its owner’s staunch Royalist beliefs.
The Crowhurst Yew, Taxus baccata, in Surrey, England
Among the tombstones of a churchyard in Crowhurst stands an ancient yew with a girth of 31 feet. The tree is estimated to be more than 1,500 years old. When the villagers hollowed out the trunk in 1820, they found a cannonball embedded there, a relic of the English Civil War. The farm across from the church may have been the intended target because of its owner’s staunch Royalist beliefs.

That same endurance is reflected in her photographs, which she takes with a Pentax medium-format film camera. She imprints her negatives on heavy cotton watercolor paper coated with a tincture of platinum and palladium metals. This process actually embeds the image into the fibers of the paper, resulting in a picture that will stand the test of time, without fear of fading.

Picture of a kapok tree, Ceiba pentandra, in Palm Beach, Florida
Kapok tree, Ceiba pentandra, in Palm Beach, Florida
“Kapoks of this size usually inhabit the rain forest, but I found this one on a private estate in Florida. “I first saw a picture of it in a book from the 1940s, with a caption locating it in Palm Beach. Comparing the current tree with that old photo, I could see that the trunk had filled out tremendously in 60 years; the roots now rise more than 12 feet above the ground.” (The bench on the left provides a sense of scale.)

Many of the real trees represented, however, face hard times ahead. “Quiver trees are dying from lack of water in Namibia. Dragon’s blood trees are in decline and on the endangered list, and three species of baobab trees are currently listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List,” says Moon. “The disappearance of old-growth forests may be one of the most serious environmental issues today.”

Picture of the Ifaty Teapot, Adansonia za, in Toliara, Madagascar
The Ifaty Teapot, Adansonia za, in Toliara, Madagascar
Growing on a small preserve in Ifaty, on the west coast of Madagascar, this baobab bears an uncanny resemblance to a teapot, which is what the locals have nicknamed it. Thought to be 1,200 years old, the Iftay Teapot’s trunk is approximately 45 feet in circumference and has the ability to store more than 31,000 gallons of water.

Moon fondly reflects on her childhood, recalling a favorite oak with a comfortable nook where she spent many afternoons. “I have always felt a connection to trees on a deeper level,” she says. Not much has changed. While working on this project, “I was able to camp under [many of] the trees I photographed. Sleeping in the frankincense forest on the island of Socotra, or in the salt pans of the Kalahari under giant baobab trees in Botswana, was an unforgettable experience. I have never felt more vibrant and alive.”

Quiver Tree, Aloe dichotoma, ub Keetmanshoop, Namibia. The Quiver Tree Forest in southern Namibia is home to a spectacular collection of some of Earth’s most unusual trees, some of which are three centuries old. Strictly speaking, they are actually succulent aloe plants that can grow up to 33 feet high. The Bushman and Hottentot tribes use the hollow branches of this plant to make quivers for their arrows. The forest was made a Namibian national monument in 1995.
Quiver tree, Aloe dichotoma, Keetmanshoop, Namibia.
The Quiver Tree Forest in southern Namibia is home to a spectacular collection of some of Earth’s most unusual trees, some of which are three centuries old. Strictly speaking, they are actually succulent aloe plants that can grow up to 33 feet high. The Bushman and Hottentot tribes use the hollow branches of this plant to make quivers for their arrows. The forest was made a Namibian national monument in 1995.

She hopes sharing her wonder will begin a conversation about the conservation of these arboreal treasures. It’s the part of the artist, she feels, to channel her passion into art, spurring dialogue, action, and awe.

Rilke’s Bayon, Tetrameles nudiflora, in Ta Prohm, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia. Today, the late twelfth-century Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm stands in a semi-ruined state among forests and farmland. The structure is straddled by immense Tetrameles whose serpentine roots pry apart the ancient stones in a desperate journey to find soil. The temple provides a striking example of what the untamed tropical forest will do to even the mightiest monument when human hands are withdrawn.
Rilke’s Bayon, Tetrameles nudiflora, in Ta Prohm, Siem Reap Province, Cambodia
Today, the late 12th-century Buddhist temple of Ta Prohm stands in a semiruined state among forests and farmland. The structure is straddled by immense Tetrameles whose serpentine roots pry apart the ancient stones in a desperate journey to find soil. The temple provides a striking example of what the untamed tropical forest will do to even the mightiest monument when human hands are withdrawn.

See more of Beth Moon’s work on her website.

There are 167 Comments. Add Yours.

  1. Anand fadnis
    November 18, 2016

    Beautiful and Amazing beyond Imagination

  2. Mary
    June 29, 2016

    These are beautiful. You have inspired me to really take notice of trees. They are magestic yet commonly unnoticed. Trees are the silent observer.

  3. Margaret Joyce
    June 29, 2016

    Thank you for sharing your work…I live in the countryside surrounded by trees, and like you have always felt a connection to them and a sense of wonder. Most of the trees where I live have been here so much longer than we have.

  4. D. Zalepa
    June 26, 2016

    It is only with your heart that you can truly see!

  5. Peter Lidström
    June 25, 2016

    There is an Oak in Sweden that is just over 900 years and still alive. Took some pics of it some years ago. Quite amazing 🙂

  6. Etelka Matyus
    June 25, 2016

    Magnificent!

  7. ehalp
    May 30, 2016

    How can I purchase a extra large print of this? 8 feet high?

  8. David Speidel
    May 25, 2016

    Add to my Bucket List!

  9. Vinnie
    May 12, 2016

    Stunning !! I too like to take Black and White photos with my old fashioned cameras. They give me a sense of fulfillment.

  10. Lauris Higgins
    April 26, 2016

    These are amazing. Check out the 1000 year old Oak tree at Goose Island State Park, Rockport, TX USA. It has seen wars and many hurricanes. It is amazing!

  11. Aynura
    April 19, 2016

    It is beautiful.There are some beautiful old trees in our Azerbaijan

  12. Adam landrum
    April 10, 2016

    How cool. I love trees so much and plant multiples every year.

  13. Susan Stein
    April 4, 2016

    I enjoyed the tree photos so much. I love trees and have planted them all my life. I live in the Hoosier National Forest and we have an area called “Pioneer Mother’s Park”. It’s a stand of virgin timber but not as spectacular as your specimens.

  14. Jack Diehl
    April 4, 2016

    Absolutely magnificent.

  15. alice
    April 3, 2016

    gorgeous images; gorgeous trees! Thank you for bringing them to me.

  16. Karen Armstrong
    April 3, 2016

    How I would love to walk down that avenue of Baobabs.

  17. Palle Bjerre
    April 3, 2016

    Greetings from Benin. Enjoyed this photo essay of these wonderful trees, so magnificent in their variety of shapes; beautiful creations. We have some majestic baobab, kapok and other trees in all of Westafrica. Unfortunately some have had to give up their life for advancing roads and urban development. Nevertheless, trees will survive. Their and our Creator will make sure of that. Thank you for the very interesting photographs. More of this kind will always be welcome.

  18. Johnson
    April 2, 2016

    Beautiful and breath taking pictures of magnificent and unique trees. There is a lot of history hidden in each tree. Beth, thanks for sharing.

  19. White
    April 1, 2016

    What a truly wonderful and inspiring project.

  20. Charles mahood
    April 1, 2016

    I love your pictures! Have you ever seen “angle oak ” on Kiawa Island, SC. A must see! Thanks

  21. Miss Sherry
    April 1, 2016

    I love trees! I have a Tree of Life necklace. My daughter has a Tree of Life tatoo. The Airlie Oak in Wilmington, NC is 471 years old; that means it first sprouted in 1545!

  22. Joel Leitner
    March 31, 2016

    Beautiful trees, beautifully photographed. Thank you, Beth! From the comments I’ve seen here, there are many more wonderful trees still out there for you to get to. I personally recommend The Bedford Oak, a 500-year old beauty in Bedford, NY (http://www.bedfordhistoricalsociety.org/properties_rentals/bedford_oak.php). Safe Travels – We’re all looking forward to more!

  23. Vicky Cahill
    March 31, 2016

    I’ve been in love with trees and being in the woods since childhood and I am so awed and lucky to have found your work. It’s difficult to find the perfect words to describe just how trees make me feel. But I love the way they do survive throughout long periods of time and I am always peaceful and comfortable around them. I am very grateful that you have done this beautiful work and I’m so amazed at the weird, interesting, and majestic trees you have located. I would love to visit the places where you can find these trees myself one day and I can’t wait to get your book. That way I can enjoy them whenever the mood strikes me. Thank you.

  24. Livia Doina Stanciu
    March 31, 2016

    Wonderful and inspired pictures, congrats and thank you for taking such a project! I also feel sometimes that a have a special connection to trees… Would have liked to hear the stories of old tress, too, if possible.

  25. Juan Carlos Osorio
    March 30, 2016

    Breathtaking images Becky. The subjects are absolutely gorgeous but your technique and artistry elevate them to the place they deserve. I am normally fascinated by images of animals on exotic locations or people from different cultures; however, these series of photographs have rocked me to my core. Congratulations!

  26. Vinay Sumra
    March 30, 2016

    Dear Beth Moon,

    Thank you very much for making all this possible at one platform.

    All the pictures very the best example of finest art work by camera. You can also check in Gujarat state of India. I have seen a tree to which local people clam to be 5,000 years old.

  27. Dr. Abdul Rauf
    March 30, 2016

    Nice and Beautiful pictures.

  28. michael valerio
    March 29, 2016

    If they could only talk ! dont forget our Redwoods and Joshua trees

  29. Raymond Burslem
    March 29, 2016

    A comment from Wales states that there are more Yew trees in that country than in England. This is because because Yew wood was used for bows in archery one of the main weapons used in our many battles over centuries. Ray

  30. Joe Waters
    March 29, 2016

    I use this link for my Forestry course and my students are absolutely amazed at these relics!

  31. Silvio Prestes
    March 29, 2016

    As you’ve said, some of these trees are older than many of our most established institutions. Why don’t we learn with them?
    Thanks and congratulations for bring us these amazing pictures.

  32. Cynthia Hernandez
    March 29, 2016

    Magnificent. Energizing. A hidden wisdom most don’t see.

  33. Andrew Wilson
    March 29, 2016

    Truly stunning photographs of absolute wild perfection nature in itself should be proof enough there is a creator but images like these along with the facts behind these amazing trees just goes to show you how everything on this earth is given what it needs from the beginning we need to stop ripping everything apart on this planet and look on the inside of ourselves people would be astonished with what they find I know I was, inner peace and clarity can open the mind to life beyond anything imaginable otherwise. Peace love and happiness!!! ✌️

  34. Ernie Kuechmeister
    March 29, 2016

    This collection of photographs is a marvelous introduction to another Spring; a testament to the enduring love of life. See the book, The Last Stand, a record of the ancient cedars of the Niagara Escarpment; authors are Peter Kelly and Douglas Larson, Natural Heritage Books.

  35. Linda Broome
    March 29, 2016

    Awesome Trees. I was so amazed at these beautiful trees. What wonders of Nature.

  36. ALEKOS.VATMANIDIS
    March 29, 2016

    Fantastic pictures.I was amazed by the enormous power of nature

  37. Mike Burton
    March 28, 2016

    they are so elegantly majestic and peaceful, no wonder they live so long

  38. Paul Daniggelis
    March 28, 2016

    For those would preserve nature’s wonders, you’d better control population growth somehow. There was a time when the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse could handle the problem but growth continue exponentially.

  39. Conchita
    March 28, 2016

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful insight on these majestic sentinels.

  40. Joan Hobbs
    March 28, 2016

    Gorgeous! Yes, trees are individuals. I love this article and great portraits and photography.
    Jack Dunster, please provide an address and more will write if we don’t have to do research to ensujre that it reaches the right people. Thank you.

  41. Ginny Alexander
    March 28, 2016

    Really wonderful photos

  42. Suresh Billore
    March 28, 2016

    Beth’s tree-philia passion mesmerized me the glimpses of rarest of rare antique trees on the earth planet, and an hidden message of Environmental Ethics to conserve them, if not, will perish like dinosaurs disappeared in Great Extinctions

  43. Michael Hoffmann
    March 28, 2016

    Stunning photos – a few are nothing short of majestic. I had never seen a tree like the “Ifaty Teapot” before – and I love it when that happens!!

  44. A Ahmed
    March 28, 2016

    These trees + the photography = magic!

  45. Dennis Janda
    March 28, 2016

    Thank you Beth for reminding us of nature’s inspiring beauty and enduring resiliency. We are but humble caretakers for a brief moment in this world.

  46. Krishna Luhar
    March 28, 2016

    Would have loved to see pictures of giant sequioas in California.

  47. Don Phillips
    March 28, 2016

    Fantastic! But what are the trees shown at the outset of the article?

    • Becky Harlan
      March 28, 2016

      Hi Don, The first trees pictured are called Dragon’s blood trees, or Dracaena cinnabari.

  48. Joan
    March 28, 2016

    I see a lot of paper pulp made out of these. Beautiful photos though.

  49. EV Wisconsin
    March 28, 2016

    AWESOME Thank you for you hard work and inspiration

  50. les
    March 28, 2016

    sheer poetree. 🙂

  51. jack Dunster
    March 28, 2016

    if you love forests and the world within the forest then please write to the Polish government and condemn their actions in clear-cutting the Bialowieza Forest – against the wishes and advice of ecologists and forest biologists. This forest, a designated UNESCO site belongs to the world – not to a select group of profiteers

  52. Sadhan Kumar Basu
    March 28, 2016

    What an experience! Beth Moon has made us indebted to her. She is unique!

  53. Bernie de Moel
    March 28, 2016

    And so nature will endure and prevail above all. So awestruck by their magnificance

  54. Helen
    March 28, 2016

    Thank you for sharing these beautiful photos of trees.

    Would you confirm what the tree in the very first photo of this article is. It is the one with the very large canopy.

    Thanks

  55. Jagadish Dhavale
    March 28, 2016

    it is a priceless treasure,thank you NG.Such ageless beauties must be preserved for the generations to come,is there any fund or organization for the preservation,if not its high time now for one.

  56. Asit Kumar Chakravarty
    March 28, 2016

    Apart from the beauty & endurance of nature so nicely explained, the photos itself are a brilliant work ! My suggestion to Ms. Beth is to visit Botanical Garden, Kolkata , India to see & take photo of old Banyan tree there.

  57. Janella Spears
    March 28, 2016

    I think I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree does not do justice to these majestic photo’s Thank You from the bottom of my heart!

  58. Roger Superneau
    March 28, 2016

    The Araucaria tree in the lakes region of Chile is magnificent.It grows to over 100 feet tall and 1200 years old and produces a 6″ diameter fruit with large seeds or nuts that are used to make a flour by the Mapuche Indians.

  59. Balchand Parayath
    March 28, 2016

    Amazing black and white pictures…..

  60. William Seager
    March 27, 2016

    I am humbled at the sight of these wondrous creations of God.

  61. Caroline Hughes-King
    March 27, 2016

    What an amazing and inspiring collection of images. It is a stark, succinct and awe inspiring reminder of the majesty, beauty, diversity and ingenuity of Mother Nature.

  62. C Y Jim
    March 27, 2016

    Trees are the most precious, charming, mesmerizing and indispensable gifts from Nature. Let humanity stop treating them as foes, and reestablish the intimate comaradeship and interdependence. If trees can fare well, so will Mother Earth and all creatures large and small.

  63. Donna Libbey
    March 27, 2016

    Astounding!. Trees are our companions and benefactors. These are a story unto themselves. We should never lose them.

  64. yongjupark
    March 27, 2016

    좋아요

  65. Ayden t
    March 27, 2016

    Thank you for doing such an amazing thing to show us humans at we need to save these amazing trees that are disappearing all around us

  66. Kathy Bratcher
    March 27, 2016

    and people wonder why I take pictures of trees. this….is why

  67. Tapan Sur
    March 27, 2016

    We talk of soldiers who give their today so that we have our tomorrow.But with economic globalization the narrative should change,& Beth Moon are real soldiers who make us believe in nature & its enormous power to survive & thrive with any human interference.If nature survives,humanity survives,lets see nature through the eyes of these new soldiers,& celebrate living black & white?

  68. Ruth Sosis
    March 27, 2016

    Is there a fund to help save these fascinating specimens? If so, I want to contribute.

  69. George Forest
    March 27, 2016

    WOW!

  70. Doug
    March 27, 2016

    Mother Nature, the greatest artist of all

  71. Joie
    March 27, 2016

    As a former photog, I drool over both the luscious tree-beings and your delicious use of IR film..Thank you!

  72. Atul
    March 27, 2016

    Well document and exceptional photographs

  73. Wayne Chambers
    March 27, 2016

    Great Pictures. I too love trees. It’s sad how people can take them for granted. I’m hopeful that this message will cause people to see them as the magnificent part of this world that they are.

  74. Betty W. Roberson
    March 27, 2016

    Trees are among my favorite creations on earth. Thank you so much for showing us these magnificent trees. They no doubt show us the endless power, the genius and the creative mind of our great God. They show His love, as well.

  75. Ed B
    March 27, 2016

    I only wish I could be on your side of the lens, absolutely astonishing!

  76. Manuel Rivera
    March 27, 2016

    How diverse and beautiful nature is

  77. Dave Finch
    March 27, 2016

    Thanks, Beth

  78. Elizabeth
    March 27, 2016

    Maravilloso y mágico! Gracias

  79. Gwendolyn Beynon
    March 27, 2016

    Compared to the Ancient Yews of Wales that English Yew is just a teen. I visited dozens over 2000yo when researching a book. Check out http://www.ancient-yew.org if you have an interest in insanely long-lived trees.

  80. gerry f murphy
    March 27, 2016

    Majestic cheered me up no end

  81. Martin Killips
    March 27, 2016

    Stunning photographs…a pleasure for the eyes.

  82. Moira Knight
    March 27, 2016

    They are all worthy of a hug.

  83. Lilian ‘Alecia’ Morgan
    March 27, 2016

    WOW – nice to learn of other ancient ‘historians’ around the world besides our own ‘historians’ the Redwoods.

  84. Jennie Creel
    March 27, 2016

    Trees are my spiritual teachers. Their strength, generosity of spirit and silence inspire me. These kindred spirits have many valuable lessons for us humans, if we only take the time to listen to them. Thank you for honouring them in such a spectacular and wonderful way.

  85. Richard Lautensleger
    March 27, 2016

    A fantastic series of photos! I’ve been a fan of trees all of my 74 years. Keep up the good work, Beth. You’ll find many more great examples.

  86. Abdecelem Ikhlef
    March 27, 2016

    Did you speak to those trees? They surely have lots of stories to tell. Thanks for visiting them and bringing back their portraits. They are Lovely.

  87. Bob Clark
    March 27, 2016

    I saw some trees similar to the baobab in Queensland Australia that would be worthy of documenting. Have pictures to share.

  88. Alan Jones
    March 27, 2016

    Beautiful, beautiful images! BRAVO! As a fellow photographer I’d be interested in what Pentax camera you used. And also, were any of your photos taken using infared film?

  89. Jo Ann Brumbaugh
    March 27, 2016

    I was blown away by these pictures. Such gorgeous living beings….

  90. Matthew Barenfeld
    March 27, 2016

    Terrific shots of one of the most interesting aspects of our planetary ecosystem and physical environment. This is a work that should be sent to every major, influential world leader and all governing officials wherever these magnificent living species exist (as well as mandatory education in our schools) – before it’s too late.

  91. Yocheved Menashe
    March 27, 2016

    Lovely!

  92. Nels Eddy
    March 27, 2016

    Fascinating science of photopaper preservation. Film is not dead!

  93. David Bedard
    March 27, 2016

    Just stunning. I want to share a local ancient tree. http://www.angeloaktree.org/

  94. Laarni
    March 27, 2016

    I grew up surrounded by trees and loved to climbed them when I was growing up. These photos are amazing. thank you for sharing them.

  95. Chris Smith
    March 27, 2016

    Trees are the living archives of our world. Seeing them, in their grand old and majestic appearance, is a privilege and Bet Moon captured this in her awe inspiring photo’s. Magnificent!

  96. Eunice de G
    March 27, 2016

    Incredibly beautiful photos of amazing trees. Congratulations and thank you for sharing.

  97. Satheesan Varier
    March 27, 2016

    Very unique ones. If all human beings take a vacation for just 500 years from earth, the earth will be saved !

  98. Philip Podmore
    March 27, 2016

    Beautiful photographs of spectacular trees.

  99. Diana Cowans
    March 27, 2016

    Thank you, Beth Moon – for taking and sharing the journey. Revere the trees.

  100. Dan
    March 27, 2016

    I love your photos of ancient trees around the world. I found them very interesting.

  101. skcrandall
    March 27, 2016

    Your images of these magnificent grandmother and grandfather trees have touched my soul. Thank you.

  102. Paul C. Abbinante
    March 27, 2016

    Absolutely magnificent especially in black and white.

  103. Jessica
    March 27, 2016

    I love this project! I’m planning a tour of Great Britain and now have additional stops to add to the itinerary.

  104. Joseph Montes
    March 27, 2016

    I have always loved trees. Many cultures around the world hold trees in high esteem and for good reason, aside from the fact that they are alive some do harbor a soul. Believe it …

  105. Gary E. Popen
    March 27, 2016

    There is a Western Juniper tree in the Stanislaus National Forest of California believed by some to be 4,000 years old.

  106. Rosetta Sanz
    March 27, 2016

    Thank You!!!

  107. Sharon O’Brien
    March 27, 2016

    I am in awe of these venerable ancients and of your ability to beautifully capture their essence. Amazing!

  108. Eunice Robertson
    March 27, 2016

    The place I would most like to live in, is a little cottage in the middle of an old growth forest. I just love tree, their dignity, their patience as they grow, their beauty. This is an exceptional article. thanks so much for sharing ypur passion with us.

  109. Charles Hohman
    March 27, 2016

    Simply beautiful!

  110. Mark Hazell
    March 27, 2016

    The giant Kauris on the North Island of New Zealand, the Cedars on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the giant Redwoods in Northern California, and the Sequoias in the Sierra Nevada could all be added to your collection — which is already wonderful!

  111. steve
    March 27, 2016

    Here’s a link to The Big Tree in Rockport, TX., said to be over 1000 years old. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Tree,_Rockport

  112. Archie Bell
    March 27, 2016

    Beautiful photographs. Thank you for researching the history of these wonderful trees.

  113. FaulknA
    March 27, 2016

    Don’t forget our Redwoods here in Northern California. Not only the tallest but some of the oldest trees in the world.

  114. Sherri Andrews
    March 27, 2016

    The artwork, both yours and Mother Nature’s takes my breathe away. Whenever I have company I take them to see the magnificent trees here on Vancouver Island. I love the tree huggers,

  115. Rose White
    March 27, 2016

    Now come up to West Yorkshire to Hartshead and photograph the ancient yew that the Brontes knew.

  116. Suzanne Pomeranz
    March 27, 2016

    Beautiful photos and interesting commentary. BUT you missed out on perhaps the most ancient of all the ancient trees – the Olive Tree of Mesopotamia!
    We have them in abundance in Israel (the western side of the Fertile Crescent), so come on over, and I’ll be happy to take you around to see a few.
    Meanwhile, for more on what all the ancient trees have “seen” down through history, read the book “Trees: The Green Testament” by Ya’acov Kirshen. You can see, buy, and even download it here: http://www.drybones.com/trees/

  117. Rita Spangler
    March 27, 2016

    Magnificent seems an understatement to me! I LOVE trees and would like to be able to take a trip based solely o these trees! Beautiful photography! It is sad to know that some of these trees are declining or are endangered! Thanks for sharing your work with us all!

  118. Cat Renar
    March 27, 2016

    Simply stunning! I love the consideration in selecting format, color and processing ! I also appreciate Marie Frazier’s insight! Brava!

  119. David García Cíntora
    March 27, 2016

    Thanks for your great work whit these amazing trees!!

  120. Margaret Fain
    March 27, 2016

    What a wonderful work to see on this Easter morning. You lift the spirit !!!

  121. Verna
    March 27, 2016

    Looking at these pictures on Easter morning, I know there is a God.

  122. Kev worrallo
    March 27, 2016

    Only one word to discribe your photographs, Awesome.

  123. Yvonne Chase
    March 27, 2016

    My eyes and soul are jealous as this is a long time yearning passion to see. Your eyes are rich! Hope to see them all in the future!

  124. Norman Ross
    March 27, 2016

    If trees had souls, Beth Moon has found them.

  125. Georgeggt
    March 27, 2016

    Incredible photographs.. the lighting is perfect, the contrast between the trees and clouds stunning. I remember seeing the ‘Arbol del Tule’ in Mexico when I was twelve, and being is awe at the size and age of that magnificent tree. Thank you.

  126. susan milan
    March 27, 2016

    A great awe inspiring way to celebrate Easter morning.A reflective and inspirational journey. Thank you

  127. William Hechmer
    March 27, 2016

    If only we ephemerals could learn to appreciate the wonder of these majestic creations. Thank you for this vision so we can remember them.

  128. Emmanuel Roux
    March 27, 2016

    A magnificent Lebanese Cedar planted in 1811 is on my brother’s property near Toulouse France. It is a picture perfect of the Lebanese flag. Contact me for more infos

  129. Bill Davis
    March 27, 2016

    God’s creative handiwork is amazing.

  130. Ed Klatka
    March 27, 2016

    What an inspirational article on this Easter Sunday morning. Great photos.

  131. Walt Johnson
    March 27, 2016

    The Kofa Game Range in western Arizona has some very old Ironwood trees. These are protected.

  132. Lori
    March 27, 2016

    I plan to show these to my 7th graders tomorrow and use them with the atlas as a geography lesson. Kids are in Colorado haven’t seen trees like these! Amazing!

  133. José Rabelo
    March 27, 2016

    Thanks for documenting these other citizens of the world. Impressive images.

  134. Prachi gandhi
    March 27, 2016

    Gret shots! Would love to explore spaces with you mam.

  135. Connie Miller
    March 27, 2016

    Beautiful, inspired work that graced my Sunday morning. Thank you.

  136. novie widiastuti
    March 27, 2016

    Wish they can tell us about the story of their life

  137. MARIE FRAZIER
    March 27, 2016

    A women with much foresight is among us.God’s gift to humanity.

  138. Kate
    March 27, 2016

    Thank you Beth Moon for sowing these venerated trees. As an avowed tree hugger (literally) I felt awe at seeing your photographs and envy your trip and how you slept under some of these trees in these magical places. Thank you for showcasing them for people to see. They are truly magnificent.

  139. Serban Valentina
    March 27, 2016

    Very, very interesting to know about trees Planet.
    exceptional photos
    Thank you!

  140. Art Friedman
    March 27, 2016

    Variety is the spice of life. What a beautiful way to document this.

  141. Gerry Burke
    March 27, 2016

    The Huon Pine on Mount Read in Tasmania makes all these trees look like seedlings.

  142. Nicole
    March 27, 2016

    Touched my soul, thank you.

  143. Edgar Soberon
    March 27, 2016

    Saludos y Felicidades from Mexico Beth. Beautiful work!

  144. walter passarella
    March 26, 2016

    What a wonderful photographic essay on some incredible and magnificent natural wonders. PS: good choice of B&W.

  145. Momo
    March 26, 2016

    Beautiful shots! Would love to visit some of these

  146. Anuar Patjane Floriuk
    March 26, 2016

    Beautiful work, congratulations!

  147. Andrea
    March 26, 2016

    It was so exciting to read about these interesting trees! Wonderful photos Beth.

  148. Yvonne
    March 26, 2016

    I’ve been in Corpus Christi my whole life and I’ve seen a pretty good tree in Rockport. It’s called big tree. I dnt really know the history…….but it’s nice.

  149. Salvador J. Seda
    March 26, 2016

    The cypress forest in Chile has trees close to 4,000 years old. They are located in a very isolate place, maybe is the reason that was not mentioned in this article!

  150. Suzi
    March 25, 2016

    Fabulous trees, the black and white treatment is perfect to reveal detail. Love the Kapok tree. If you are ever in Israel there is a beautiful botanical reserve at the Ein Gedi Kibbutz on the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. Great trees too. Thanks for your picks!

  151. Donna
    March 25, 2016

    Wow! Amazing and beautiful! I love that National Geographic takes me places I would never go to see things I would never see.

  152. dwight ash
    March 25, 2016

    along the bay north of 27th st in Sarasota FL there are some stately and beautiful old banyan trees

  153. Tre M.
    March 25, 2016

    I loved this article. The shear power of these trees amazed me. I especially love the Tetrameles nudiflora. The way it grows and stretched is truly remarkable.

  154. Rob Ely
    March 25, 2016

    Lovely work! If you are ever near northern Idaho, swing by a forest north of Elk River and see a 3000-year-old western red cedar.

  155. Nadine Arnold
    March 25, 2016

    Your pictures awaken a longing in me, a longing to be at one with nature as it was intended in ancient times. The feeling is a primitive one that is like electricity flowing through my body, coursing through my veins. Stunning, simply stunning. Thank-you.

  156. Dan Jenkins
    March 25, 2016

    Fantastic photographs, fabulous opportunity to show my 6&9 year old kids who were amazed by the size, stature and history behind these magnificent trees.

  157. Anuj
    March 25, 2016

    There is a tree somewhere in northeastern India. It’s considered to be the same tree Gautam Buddha attained Nirvana under. A tree believed to be from Krishna’s time in Gokul in India too….I haven’t seen them but hey it’s a story worth knowing about!

  158. Jo. Unrau
    March 25, 2016

    There are some beautiful old trees on Vancouver Island.

  159. Kevin Bramhoff
    March 24, 2016

    Inspired work. Vancouver Island, the Carmanah Valley has many very old trees. Hopefully you can record these as well, Well done!

  160. Marcus Brown
    March 24, 2016

    Great work, Dedication unparalleled
    importance hugely significant
    So wish the rest of the planets peaple would WTFU…Appreciated 😉

  161. Rebecca
    March 24, 2016

    Have you ever studied the great Tane Mahuta tree, located in the top of the north Island of New Zealand

  162. Mary Corbett
    March 24, 2016

    Magnificent work. I fear your right about these beings’ future. Thank you for recording this.
    Your book is on my Christmas list.

  163. Lindsay Fleischer
    March 24, 2016

    Check out the Eastern White Cedars that cling to the Niagara Escarpment in Ontario, Canada. Some are around 1000 years old.

  164. Deb Dolsey
    March 24, 2016

    There is a very aged and tremendous Oak tree in the center city in Lafayette, LA that is awe inducing as well.

  165. Bryce Jacobson
    March 24, 2016

    Have you seen the Angel Oak on John’s Island, near Charleston, SC?

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