Forest Elder | 12.30.2024
Grafton Lakes State Park
Large trees are time capsules, encapsulating decades, and at times, centuries of intertwined human and ecological narratives within their rings. Silently chronicling the ebb and flow of environmental shifts, they bear witness to escalating human influence through the march of industry and the rise of automobiles. They carry the echoes of natural calamities, even those occurring many miles away, such as the fallout of ash from a distant volcano eruption. As they bridge the distance from the Earth to the sun, they become custodians of a profound history. I never pass up the opportunity to photograph one.