Starlight Illuminates World’s Oldest Trees In Photos By Beth Moon
Does space impact the growth of trees? Apparently it does, and this inspired Beth Moon to take pictures of old trees at night. For her “Diamond Nights” project, she traveled to Africa and with help of a guide found her new photo subjects. Marking the spots with rocks, she would return to take the pictures night. She used 30 second exposure to capture the trees and the stars; any longer, and the camera would pick up movement of the stars.
“Our relationship to the wild has always played an important role in my work,” Moon wrote on her website “This series was inspired by two fascinating, scientific studies that connect tree growth with celestial movement and astral cycles.” The first of these studies determined that cosmic radiation affects tree growth so much, it matters more than annual rainfall and temperature. The other study found out that tree buds change winter growth cycles in accordance to certain celestial objects.
For Beth Moon, taking pictures of trees is nothing new. Previously, she had spent 14 years taking pictures of the oldest trees on Earth.
But it’s her latest project that brought her in biggest danger of triffid attack.
“This series was inspired by two fascinating, scientific studies that connect tree growth with celestial movement and astral cycles”
The first study concluded that cosmic radiation impacts tree growth even more than annual temperature or rainfall
The second found that tree buds change size and shape directly correlating to the moon and planets