10 Photos of the oldest trees in the world
Baobab is often called the “tree of life”, although in general, “baobab” is a generic term for Adanson, kind of plant, that includes 9 species of trees that can be found, usually in Africa, Australia and the Arabian Peninsula. Photographer Beth Moon is engaged in a kind of documenting baobabs life. In her book “Ancient trees: portraits of the time,” she published quite startling images of trees – mostly baobabs, but also the redwoods and willows, and other which have the ability to live for thousands of years.
Beth Moon chooses trees on three criteria: age, size and history. With the help of historical books, botanical guides, special registers, and newspaper articles she seeks long-lived trees on the slopes, private and protected areas.
Some tree species, exist only in a few parts of the world, and endangered baobab is one of them. As a rule, it can be found on the island of Madagascar.
Not only trees, but the photos also look old . Moon uses a platinum-palladium print, which became widespread during the First World War. So she wants to tell the story not only about trees and people, but also about photos.
Photograph mixes platinum and palladium with iron oxalate, to give a solution, which was then manually applied to paper and exposed to light. Metals are part of the paper, and as a result the pictures can be stored for centuries.
Printing method that Beth Moon uses, in her opinion, creates a deep connection between images and trees, which she photographs.
Moon is confident that these trees, being the oldest living monuments in the world, have become certain symbols and will be increasingly important for future generations.
At a time when humanity is greatly concerned about the environment, this is no exaggeration to say, the wonders of nature can be a real symbol of the era.
“At the sight of these trees we are starting to feel a lot more time and develop a deep, sometimes even emotional connection with nature. We retain this knowledge and experience, and then they become part of us “- writes Moon in her book.
There is hardly a better way to keep the memory of these monumental trees, many of which are still under the threat of destruction, they make their portraits and show them to the greatest number of people.
The famous Baobab Alley in the west of Madagascar. This road, surrounded on all sides by giant baobabs – perhaps one of the most well-known habitat of baobabs in the world and the most visited place in the region. Trees, which are about 800 years old are the legacy of tropical forests, once rapidly growing in the area.
|Photo Credits: Beth Moon|