ancient trees

Decorating the holiday tree here at the Foerstel office got us thinking about trees.

Trees hold a special place in our lives, in our hearts and in our yards. They’re vital to us as humans and also a source of beauty and inspiration. They take years to grow and there are some trees on this planet that are thousands of years old. Some of them have been around for so long, they even predate the existence of Islam and Christianity.
We’re not the only ones who appreciate these large beasts of Mother Nature. San Francisco based photographer Beth Moon has traveled all around the globe to capture some of the most remarkable ancient trees she could find.

“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.” explains Beth Moon.

You can view all of her incredible photos in her book Ancient Trees: Portraits Of Time …in the meantime get a sneak preview of her journey right here! Enjoy!
For those who are curious, the oldest stand alone tree that we know about is a species of Pinus Longaeva that is 5,062 years old, and the oldest clonal tree is Pando, which is estimated to be at least 80,000 years old.
Beth Moon - AVENUE OF THE BAOBABS
Beth Moon - THE BUFFLESDRIFT BAOBAB
Beth Moon - CROFT CASTLE CHESTNUT CROFT CASTLE CHESTNUT Beth Moon - THE BOWTHORPE OAK THE BOWTHORPE OAK Beth Moon - DESERT ROSE (WADI FA LANG) DESERT ROSE (WADI FA LANG) Beth Moon - THE YEWS OF WAKEHURST THE YEWS OF WAKEHURST Beth Moon - HEART OF THE DRAGON HEART OF THE DRAGON Beth Moon - KAPOK KAPOK Beth Moon - DIKSOM FOREST DIKSOM FOREST Beth Moon - THE IFATY TEAPOT THE IFATY TEAPOT Beth Moon - THE GREAT WESTERN RED CEDAR THE GREAT WESTERN RED CEDAR Beth Moon - KING’S CANYON KING’S CANYON Beth Moon - ROOTED PASSAGE ROOTED PASSAGE Beth Moon - ANKOR PASSAGE ANKOR PASSAGE Beth Moon - BRISTLE CONE PINE RELIC BRISTLE CONE PINE RELIC Beth Moon - MAJESTY MAJESTY Beth Moon - RILKE’S BAYON RILKE’S BAYON Beth Moon - THE WHITTINGHAME YEW THE WHITTINGHAME YEW Beth Moon - THE QUEEN ELIZABETH OAK THE QUEEN ELIZABETH OAK Beth Moon - THE LOVERS THE LOVERS Beth Moon - QUIVER TREE FOREST QUIVER TREE FOREST Beth Moon - CHESTNUT IN COWDRY PARK CHESTNUT IN COWDRY PARK

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