Stunning Photos of the World's Rarest and Oldest Trees
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Stunning Photos of the World's Rarest and Oldest Trees

Beth Moon

For the last 14 years, Beth Moon has been circling the globe documenting the world's rarest trees. The San Francisco-photographer has traveled through the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa on a trip that's brought her to the sites of trees that are sometimes more than 1,000 years old. The subjects are found in all sorts of situations: breaking through crumbling architecture, standalone in Africa's deserts, even the seemingly upside-down baobab trees of Madagascar. One her most exciting finds has been the Dragon's Blood Tree. Moon shares a few words on the special species:

"Living up to 500 years, the mythical dragon’s blood tree with vertical trunk and arching canopy could easily be imagined as an umbrella blown inside out. When the trunk is cut, a scarlet colored resin oozes from the tree prized for its celebrated medicinal qualities. Sap from the tree was sought by Roman Gladiators to cure wounds. Once a vast forest, these remaining trees, unique to Socotra are now classified as endangered. Recent years have shown a troubling decline due to over grazing and insufficient cloud cover needed for young saplings."

Moon's book, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, features 60 of her favorite prints in the form of full-page, duotone plates. For more information on how to get a copy, head over to Amazon.

Beth Moon
Beth Moon
Beth Moon

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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