Chromia had figured she might as well do something interesting that she had never done before at some point, so up the massive, ancient tree she went. She was now neatly situated in the crook of two adjoining branches reading a datapad contentedly.
Botanical photographer Jonathan Singer worked with William Valavanis, director of the International Bonsai Arboretum in Rochester, NY to gain access to the premier bonsai collections in Japan. Some of these rare historical plants, many hundreds of years old, have never been seen by the public.
Ancient Trees: Beth Moon’s 14-Year Quest to Photograph the World’s Most Majestic Trees
Criss-crossing the world with stops on almost every continent, San Francisco-based photographer Beth Moon spent the last 14 years seeking out some of the largest, rarest, and oldest trees on Earth to capture with her camera. Moon develops her exhibition prints with a platinum/palladium process, an extremely labor-intensive and rare practice resulting in prints with tremendous tonal range that are durable enough to rival the longitivity of her subjects, potentially lasting thousands of years. Moon’s collected work of 60 duotone prints were recently published in a new book titled Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time.
There’s nothing else on the planet like the plant called Welwitschia mirabilis. The ancient tree looks like little more than a pile of leaves, and it’s only found in the extremely arid desert regions of Namibia. But the species has managed to live on for many millions of years, perhaps because of its unassuming nature. The Welwitschia is the only species in its genus and its order, making it incredibly unique — check out NPR for the full story on this remarkable organism.
The trees of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains (Bishop, California), are the oldest living recorded organisms on Earth. Although many of them are at least 2000 years old, they are ‘youngsters’ in comparison to the pictured “Methuselah” tree which has been dated at more than 4770 years. The oldest tree in the world is also a bristlecone pine located in the same area. Its age is thought to be over 5060 years, which would give it a germination date of around 3050 B.C.