Throughout much of the world, night skies are growing increasingly brighter, but the force that protects the remaining naturally dark sky, unpolluted byartificial light, is the same that saves its ancient treesisolation. Staking outsome of the world s last dark places, photographer Beth Moon uses a digital camera to reveal constellations, nebulae, and the MilkyWay, in rich hues that are often too faint to be seen by the naked eye. As inher acclaimed first volume, Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time, these magnificentimages encounter great arboreal specimens, including baobabs, olive trees, andredwoods, in such places as South Africa, England, and California. In her artist s statement, Beth Moon describes the experience of shooting atnight in these remote places. An essay by Jana Grcevich, postdoctoral fellow ofastrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History, provides the perspectiveof a scientist racing to study the stars in a world growing increasinglybrighter.Clark Strand, the author of "Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for a Sleepless Age," takes a different tack, illuminating theinherent spirituality of trees."
Beth Moon is a photographer based in New York who has gained international recognition for her large-scale, richly toned platinum prints. Her prints are held in numerous public and private collections and have appeared in more than sixty solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Italy, England, France, Israel, Brazil, Dubai, Singapore, and Canada, receiving widespread critical acclaim. With this new book, sheexplores color photography for the first time. Clark Strand is an American author and lecturer on spirituality and religion. He is the firstSenior Editor of"Tricycle: The Buddhist Review," and the founder of Way of the Rose, a nonsectarian rosary fellowship with members around the world. Hisrecent works are"Waking Up to the Dark: Ancient Wisdom for aSleepless Age"(2015) and"Waking the Buddha"(2014). Jana Grcevich is a Kathryn W. Davis postdoctoral fellow in astrophysics at the AmericanMuseum of Natural History. Herresearch focuses on dwarf galaxies and gas in space. She also works with Guerilla Science s Intergalactic TravelBureau, which blends science and performance art to planparticipants spacevacations."
Diamond Nights by Beth Moon Revealing Darkness by Jana Grcevich Plates United States Great Britain Italy Namibia Botswana Captions Photography as Pilgrimage by Clark Strand Acknowledgments Index of Trees