Happy International Day of Forests! Today’s global celebration is meant to raise awareness of the many ways trees sustain and protect us. One of those many benefits of trees is their ability to store carbon – which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change. Here is one of our favorite forests, the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, Washington. And speaking of a place that receives a lot of rain, we should also note that trees protect important watersheds – and help prevent flooding.
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.
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.
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
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. @ladzinski@cookjenshel@yamashitaphoto@salvarezphoto@amivitale
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.