Diane Cook & Len Jenshel@cookjenshel

Landscape & National Geographic Magazine collaborative photo team.


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Photograph by @cookjenshel

This photo was selected by the photo editors of @natgeo, as one of the “Best Photos of 2017.” We photographed this neem tree at a temple in Varanasi, India for our story “What We Can Learn from Trees,” published in the March 2017 issue. The sacred tree is adorned with a red cloth and facemask, to facilitate a closer relationship between the worshipper and the goddess Shitala, who is embodied within the neem. It is one of many trees we photographed for our #WiseTrees book, exploring the enduring role trees have played, and continue to play in societies around the world. @cookjenshel @abramsbooks @knesebeck_verlag @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @natgeoExpeditionCouncil #WiseTrees #sacredtrees #trees


Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by @cookjenshel

We photographed the Velvet Hills, just before a storm, at sunrise in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah for our first @natgeo assignment. The story was about the newly created monument. As we take in yesterday’s grim news, about the decision to substantially reduce the size of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, let’s remember the words of the president who signed the Antiquities Act of 1906 into law: “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders. Do not let selfish men and greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches, or its romance.“ Theodore Roosevelt That act allowed for the creation of National Monuments – to preserve federal lands from looting, desecration and destruction – for the appreciation of future generations.

@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #Escalante #GrandStaircase #BearsEars #NationalMonuments #MonumentsforAll #PublicLands #StandwithBearsEars #protectpubliclands


Photo by @cookjenshel

Today we’re thankful that @pdnonline singled out our "Wise Trees" work for their PDN Photo of the Day feature on November 22, 2017. Their Instagram post featured this Gion Weeping Cherry Tree from the book - published in English by @abramsbooks, and in German by @Knesebeck_verlag. This most revered cherry tree, in Kyoto, Japan, has its own “sakura-mori” or cherry tree doctor.
@ccokjenshel @abramsbooks @Knesebeck_verlag @thephotosociety @natgeocreative @natgeo #WiseTrees #trees #Kyoto #cherrytrees #landscapephotography #natgeoexpeditioncouncil


Photo by @cookjenshel

A shout out to our German-speaking friends - today is the official publication date of “Das Wissen der Baume.” The wonderful publisher Knesebeck in Munich, produced the German language edition of “Wise Trees,” with the same handsome reproductions as the Abrams Books edition. Stay tuned, the Japanese Edition will be forthcoming this December.
#WiseTrees #trees #landscapephotography #KnesebeckVerlag @cookjenshel @Knesebeck_verlag @abramsbooks @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @natgeo


Photograph by @cookjenshel

We photographed "The Witness Tree", an Oregon white oak (Quercus garryana), when it was just beginning to change into its fall colors. This stately tree, standing watch over its namesake hundred-acre vineyard, once marked a land boundary in Oregon in 1854. It is one of 60 trees featured in our new book, Wise Trees, coming out on October 17th. This is the time of year the pinot noir and chardonnay grapes are normally harvested at the Witness Tree vineyard near Salem, Oregon, and the aroma while we worked was intoxicating.

Tragically that is not the case for the famous wine regions of California, whose valleys are currently filled with life threatening smoke. Our thoughts are with all who have lost loved ones and property in the deadly fires currently raging in California.

#WiseTrees #tree #TheWitnessTreeVineyard #wine

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Photograph by @cookjenshel This week, the New York Times LENS blog featured our upcoming Abrams book “Wise Trees” - with an article entitled “Telling the Tales of Trees Around the World” by #RenaSilverman. We’re really pleased that they chose to open the piece with the photograph of the sacred Derby Boab tree, part of our project sponsored by grants from the @natgeo Expedition Council. This remarkable boab tree has special significance for the Aboriginal people of the Kimberley region of Australia, who consider it to be the dwelling place of powerful beings. #WiseTrees #tree #boabtree @cookjenshel @abramsbooks @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative @natgeoExpeditionCouncil


Photograph by @cookjenshel

The Autumnal Equinox marks the first day of fall in the Northern Hemisphere. We’re noting this occasion with a photograph from our @natgeo story “The Wisdom of Trees,” published in the March 2017 issue. This remarkable tree is called Pando (Latin for “I Spread”), and although it looks like an Aspen forest, it is a single clonal organism – with a long list of superlatives. At 80,000 years old, it is the oldest organism on Earth. It weighs 13 million pounds, making it the heaviest organism on Earth. And it is comprised of over 40,000 genetically equivalent trunks, with a root system extending over 106 acres. Pando lives in Fishlake National Forest, Utah. This most amazing tree (and many others) is included in our forthcoming book entitled “Wise Trees,” which Abrams Books will be releasing on October 17th. Thanks also to the National Geographic Expedition Council for their support of this project. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @abramsbooks

# WiseTrees #NationalGeographicExpeditionCouncil #autumn #autumnequinox
#treelover #naturelover #fishlakenationalforest


We’re super excited to finally hold an advance copy of our Wise Trees book. We spent the last three years researching, photographing, and writing the remarkable stories of these historic and inspirational trees. Thanks to Abrams Books for their amazing work on this publication. Also thanks to National Geographic Magazine for the initial assignment, and the National Geographic Society's Expedition Council for the two grants to complete the project. The book’s release date is October 17th, but Wise Trees can be purchased with a pre-order discount at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Thanks - and let us know what you think. #WiseTrees #AbramsBooks #NationalGeographicExpeditionCouncil #tree
@cookjenshel @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety


These iconic photographs are part of the @natgeocreative Flash Sale. Your purchase, of these travel-inspired images, helps in part to support the National Geographic Society’s ability to fund science, conservation, exploration and story telling projects. Visit the link in our profile to see the full collection of images on sale for $100 until September 16th.
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The Child-Giving Ginkgo, Tokyo Japan by @cookjenshel
We are happy to be part of @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale of signed photographs for only $100. Our image of the ginkgo tree, along with amazing travel inspired images created by our colleagues, is part of the collection on sale until September 16th. Visit the link in our profile to see all the prints featured.
@natgeocreative @thephotosociety #WiseTrees #tree #AbramsBooks


Live today! We are pleased to announce that our photograph of The Child-giving Ginkgo tree in Tokyo, from our “Wise Trees” project, is a part of the @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale of collectible prints from Sept. 9th - Sept. 16th.
Visit the link in our profile to see all the signed prints on sale for $100.


Photograph by @cookjenshel

Our first assignment for National Geographic, back in 1997, was a story on the newly created Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument in Utah. It is comprised of 1.9 millions acres of public land, and is a landscape filled with amazing geologic and cultural history. There are only a few more days left for public comment before the Department of the Interior, headed by Secretary Ryan Zinke, makes a decision about reducing the size of this monument - as well as 26 other national monuments. The call for public comment ends on July 10, make your voice heard.

@natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety #SaveGrandStaircase #GrandStaircaseNationalMonument #StandWithBearEars #AntiquitesAct

#MonumentsForAll #PublicLands #KeepItPublic #ProtectWildUtah #Conservation #Landscape