Trees are endlessly interesting to me. When traveling, I enjoy noticing how vegetation varies from state to state, coast to inland, and from country to country, creating a visual moodscape of each region. Trees are like the signposts of a landscape, whether weeping, reaching skyward, or sending roots down from their branches back into the earth (as in the Banyan tree, native to India, but also found in places including South Florida; Maui, Hawaii; and Australia’s Daintree rainforest.)
San Francisco-based photographer Beth Moon traveled the globe for 14 years in a quest to photograph some of the oldest trees in existence. Sixty of these remarkable duotone images became the book, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, published in 2014 by Abbeville Press.
This description of the subject matter comes from Abbeville Press:
” This handsome volume presents sixty of Moon’s finest tree portraits as full-page duotone plates. The pictured trees include the tangled, hollow-trunked yews—some more than a thousand years old—that grow in English church yards; the baobabs of Madagascar, called “upside-down trees” because of the curious disproportion of their giant trunks and modest branches; and the fantastical dragon’s-blood trees, red-sapped and umbrella-shaped, that grow only on the island of Socotra, off the Horn of Africa. “
I haven’t seen the book yet, but I just saw a fantastic selection of these black & white beauties here: Ancient Trees: Woman Spends 14 Years Photographing World’s Oldest Trees
A healthy and happy new year to you. May your roots hold in the earth, and may your dreams reach far into the sky.