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Breathtaking Photos of Ancient Trees Against Starry Skies

The timeless beauty of trees and constellations.

A sequoia can live for over 3,000 years. There’s one baobab tree specimen that has been dated at over 6,000 years old. These are some of the world’s most ancient trees—trees that have lived through countless generations of humans, under an infinite number of night skies. The timelessness of these trees and their starry backdrops inspired Beth Moon’s new photography book, Ancient Skies Ancient Trees. 

There were, of course, some logistics to consider for this project. In order to capture the most vibrant night stars, Moon sought out ancient trees in the most remote locations. As she writes in her introduction, “to find those skies, and the trees beneath them, I traveled for many hours without road signs, or even roads, to areas so remote and wild the darkness was almost palpable.”

Timing was also key. She needed to shoot under a new moon, and when the trees were bare, with clear weather. The results, in which each image is named after a star or constellation, is a vivid expression of the natural world’s enduring beauty. 

Elnath.
Elnath.
Fornax.
Fornax.
Lyra.
Lyra.
Atlas.
Atlas.
Delphinius.
Delphinius.
Subra.
Subra.
Orion.
Orion.
Triangulum.
Triangulum.
Polaris.
Polaris.
The cover to <em>Ancient Skies Ancient Trees.</em>
The cover to Ancient Skies Ancient Trees. Courtesy Abbeville Press