Photographer Beth Moon spent 14 years scouring the globe for some of the world’s most ancient trees in her stunning photo series, Portraits of Time. During her travels, Moon documented thousand-year-old yews in England, umbrella-like dragon blood trees on Socotra island, and the massive-trunked baobabs of Madagascar. Sixty of Moon’s black and white tree portraits have been compiled in her new photo book, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time. The book is available on Amazon.
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, celebrating the wonders of nature that have survived throughout the centuries. By feeling a larger sense of time, developing a relationship with the natural world, we carry that awareness with us as it becomes a part of who we are.
photos by Beth Moon