These photos were taken by Beth Moon, a photographer based out of San Francisco, California. She spent over a decade travelling the world in search of the globe's most ancient trees.
Her photos come from very remote locations, as she explains on her website:
Many of the trees she's photographed are only there because they've been out of reach of civilization and human activity. They come from protected land, private estates, mountainsides and more.
She choose to photograph trees based on their age, size and historical significance.
Beth did plenty of research before taking these photos, which further add to their substance and awe.
Nature is truly beautiful, and serves so many purposes.
Trees are the homes to a variety of animals, they are the Earth's lungs, and so much more. I cannot even begin to express how important our relationship to nature is, and how far we've strayed from our connection to it, and why that's detrimental.
We are supposed to live in harmony with nature, not against it. We are supposed to thrive from the gifts it can provide for us, not destroy it for our materialistic wants.
If we are to create a better human experience for everyone, we must learn to co-exist with all living life.
Sure, small steps in our everyday life are important and a must, but we are at the point where we need large scale "giant" change to take place.
There are better ways to do things here on planet Earth and we are no doubt (as a human collective) starting to realize it.
We have so much potential and we are
capable of so much more. It doesn't have to be this way, and the way
we currently operate should be serving as a huge eye opener for many
that are now asking themselves "what are we doing here?"
There is no word to adequately express the horror of this reality, particularly in light of the fact that it is in our control to change.
If there are guardians of this planet,
then truly, they must be weeping.
At the same time, I would no be surprised if the Earth took precedence, and I dread the day where our removal is required for the sustainability of the planet.
I often believe that with all of the atrocities occurring on this planet (mass environmental degradation being one them), there must be assistance coming from a place that is unknown.
Maybe if the collective will of the
human race is strong enough, past critical mass (over 50 percent),
assistance will be provided. That being said, it would be foolish to
sit and hope that someone will change things for us; it's our job to
turn things around here ourselves.
I hope one day soon we are somehow able to do it. It is certainly possible; I for one am doing and involving myself in projects that can help, and I hope you are too.
The current situation with GMO's is a great example out of many of how activism and public vocalization can lead to major change.
Never think what you are doing is too small, if the heart intent is there, that is most important.