These Ancient Trees Will Transport You To Another World

Baobab Trees

“Avenue of the Baobabs”

Not too long ago, billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson created a challenge for the world: Branson would offer millions to the individual who could create a device capable of capturing carbon dioxide emissions in the most efficient way possible. Too bad for Branson that those devices already exist in nature, and they’re known as trees.

Desert Rose Tree

“Desert Rose”

As the Branson example shows, trees are often taken for granted. They are commonplace but crucial for sustaining life on Earth, and many are much older than we think. There’s a reason why in cartoons, trees are projected to be old and wise; some trees that we pass on our daily commutes stood as Confederate and Union soldiers were engaging in the multi-year bloodbath known as the Civil War.

Ancient Trees Kapok


Beth Moon has spent fourteen years of her life documenting the world’s oldest and most interesting trees through photography and print making, ultimately traveling around the globe and compiling her findings into the book, “Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time”.

But these aren’t just any old prints; Moon uses a complex printing technique called the platinum or palladium process, which ensures that her prints last an incredibly long time—just like the trees she captures. As Moon says,”With platinum printing, noted for its beautiful luminosity and wide tonal scale, the absence of a binder layer allows very fine crystals of platinum to be embedded into the paper giving it a 3 dimensional appearance. Unrivaled by any other printing process, platinum, like gold, is a stable metal. A print can last for thousands of years.”

Ancient Trees Yews Of Wakehurst

“The Yews of Wakehurst”

Ancient Trees Ridges

Ancient Trees Whittinghame Yew

“The Whittinghame Yew”

Ancient Trees Strangler Fig

“The Strangler Fig”

Ancient Trees Lovers

“The Lovers”

Ancient Trees Sentinels

“The Sentinels of St. Edwards”

Ancient Trees Rilkes Bayon

“Rilke’s Bayon”

Ancient Trees Ifaty Teapot

“The Ifaty Teapot”

Ancient Trees Majesty


Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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