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Sun Jan 25, 2015, 02:22 AM

The Most Ancient and Magnificent Trees From Around the World [View all]

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Living up to 500 years, these bizarre trees are unique to the island of Socotra. Growing in severe conditions, the tree has raised its branches upward over time in an effort to obtain moisture from the highland mists. Once part of a vast forest, these remaining trees are now classified as endangered.

The Bowthorpe Oak is a massively thick, millennium-old tree in Lincolnshire, England that once was rumored to hold three dozen people in its enormous, hollowed-out trunk. Beth Moon photographed the leafy giant some 15 years ago and was struck by its solemn nobility and overwhelming presence. Thus began a pilgrimage that would take her around the world to document the planetís most ancient trees.

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