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Photographer Beth Moon’s book, “Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time,” compiles her photos of the world’s most impressive and historic trees.
Featured trees include the “General Sherman” tree in Sequoia National Park, “The Lover Baobabs” growing intertwined in Madagascar, and yew trees in England dating back to 1391.
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Throughout history, trees have withstood the test of time. Civilizations rise and fall, but many trees stay where they are, growing and staying firm.

Photographer Beth Moon is fascinated by trees, especially those that have been around the longest and have grown the largest. This fascination led her to travel the globe to photograph the world’s most impressive and historic trees. She is interested in documenting such trees in order to preserve their memory and pay homage to their significance.

Her photos were compiled in a book, “Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time,” available through Abbeville Press. She shared some of her photos and stories with us.

One of the most popular attractions in Madagascar, the Avenue of the Baobabs, is a dirt road flanked by about 25 Baobab trees.
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The trees, which are only found on the island, grow to be almost 100 feet tall and are thought to be as old as 800 years.

These two yew trees, which flank the door to the Church of St. Edward in Stow-on-the-Wold, England, were probably survivors of an avenue of trees that led to the door of the church.
Beth Moon

Planted sometime in the 18th century, they now appear to grow from the building itself.

This tree, known as Rilke’s Bayon, grows around a Buddhist temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Beth Moon

The trees can grow 150 feet or taller, and their roots can work to tear up the ancient stone of the building as they search for soil.

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