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Woman spends over a decade searching for the world's most ancient trees

A San Francisco-based photographer has been on a 14-year quest to find the worlds most beautiful and ancient trees. The results are gorgeous.

Beth Moon's 'Portrait's of Time' series is an homage to the ancient wisdom and beauty of the natural world.

"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" ‚Äč
- Beth Moon

"Many of the trees I have photographed have survived because they are out of reach of civilization; on mountainsides, private estates, or on protected land. Certain species exist only in a few isolated areas of the world. For example; there are 6 species of spectacular baobabs, found only on the island of Madagascar. Sadly, the baobab is now one of the three most endangered species on the island" - Beth Moon, artist statement

"The criteria I use for choosing particular trees are basically three: age, immense size or notable history. I research the locations by a number of methods; history books, botanical books, tree registers, newspaper articles and information from friends and travelers" - Beth Moon, artist statement.

"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. I cannot imagine a better way to commemorate the lives of the world's most dramatic trees, many which are in danger of destruction, than by exhibiting their portraits" - Beth Moon, artist statement

The 'Portraits of Time' series has been curated into a book. For more of Beth's works head to her website.

All images via Beth Moon

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