Monumental Portraits Of Ancient Trees Reveal Some Of Earth’s Oldest Living Wonders

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To the non-phytomaniac, the word “baobab” might as well refer to a rare breed of primates or a minuscule kind of bacteria living on the edges of eyelashes. But, for those well versed in the world of ancient trees, the term rather distinctly points to a special genus of plant life indigenous to Madagascar, mainland Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Australia. Also called “the tree of life,” baobab is the common name for Adansonia, a group of six species of trees; wild growths of trunk and foliage that all at once resemble bottle caps, umbrellas and alien life forces.

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Beth Moon has positioned herself as a sort of documentarian of baobabs. In a book titled Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, the photographer reveals heart-stopping images of bulging plants reaching to the heavens and the horizon. Although she photographs other types of ancient trees, like sequoias and yews, her framed baobabs — trees that can live for thousands of years — stand out.

Moon uses three criteria in choosing her photographic subjects: age, size and history. Using history books and botany references, tree registers and newspaper articles, she tracks down —> Read More Here


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