All photos: Beth Moon
Moon's captivating black-and-white images feature looming sequoias, bulbous baobabs and gnarly bristlecone pines — all of which are distinguished for either their age, size or historical importance.
In the image above, titled "Avenue of the Baobabs," we glimpse a cluster of 800-year-old baobab trees. These unusual looking trees are divided into nine species — six of which are endemic only to Madagascar. Sadly, as with many plants and wildlife on the island, baobab trees are one of Madagascar's most endangered specimens.
All of Moon's images are processed using a special platinum/palladium method, which ensures that the prints will survive for centuries. Through this long-lasting method, Moon hopes to speak to the concept of survival — "not only of man and nature’s but to photography’s survival as well."
The documentation of these aging, threatened specimens (such as "Rilke's Bayon," above), underscores the responsibility that humans must take on to ensure the continued survival of the planet.
World-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall echoes this sentiment in her review of Moon's book: "I want my grandchildren — and theirs — to know the wonder of such trees in life and not only from photographs of things long gone. Beth's portraits will surely inspire many to help those working to save these magnificent trees."
Continue below for a small selection of photos from "Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time," or buy the book for yourself!
"Buffles drift baobab"
"Sentinels of St. Edwards"
King's Canyon sequoias
"Nantglyn Pulpit Yew"
"Croft Castle Chestnut"
"The Ifaty Teapot"