Oldest trees in the world

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Trees. Isn’t that next month? Well, we can be thankful that these are not Christmas trees. Some of the trees are, allegedly, thousands of years old. Some of them are said to be older than Christianity. Some of them have developed branch systems of overwhelming complexity, suggesting the articulation of Mother Nature, and why traditional architecture – mankind’s reflection of Mother Nature’s science – beats modern architecture hands down. And beneath them all, beyond seeing, are root systems of equally overwhelming complexity, suggesting the same. Some even have trunks that compel a similar fascination, though their rings are beyond counting. Be thankful for them all. Feel free to discuss them around the table today.

The photo above is labeled “Diksom Forest,” which is in Yemen.

These photographs of trees are from Beth Moon’s book Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time. Moon spent 14 years traveling around the world to shoot the trees, for which she deserves our thanks. Some of her fine photographs appear on the website A New Kind of Human, courtesy of its founder, Gavin Nascimento. He demands credit in return for using “his work,” and demands also that credit to him be accompanied by his list of social media profiles rendered “in the EXACT FORMAT as above.” Okay. Here they are:

Find me also on;
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram

“Me” as rendered above is Gavin Nascimento. The list is a precise copy, errors included. And a happy Thanksgiving to him as well!

About David Brussat

For a living, I edit the writing of some of the nation's leading architects, urbanists and design theorists. This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. My freelance writing and editing on that topic and others addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts, and a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to invest your prose with even more style and clarity, please email me at my consultancy, dbrussat@gmail.com, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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