October 16, 2011

The oldest living things in the world

This chestnut tree in Sicily is approximately 3,000 years old, a mere baby.

Hello my friends,

You might think the oldest living things are Andy Rooney and Larry King, hehe, but no.

There’s a photographer named Rachel Sussman who has been photographing the world’s oldest living things. Many of them are trees, the branches and roots twisted and gnarled, like the tree above.  Some are bacteria, lichens, fungi.  One I very much like is a mysterious mossy-looking shrub in Chile.  There’s also an underground forest (!) near Pretoria, South Africa, estimated to be 13,000 years old, before humans had even developed agriculture.  There’s some underwater sea grass that will — como se dice –  blow your mind.  And what looks like a forest of white tree trunks, which is actually one single tree.  It’s worth looking at her TED Talk, because she talks about her photographs in greater detail how she reached some of her subjects.

They are like the great grandmothers at family gatherings who sit in the corner quietly, observing all the new life around them.

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