You might ask how its possible that something can be living well past the 1000 year mark, well… asking me won’t resolve that question because I don’t know myself! The things in the images listed below have managed to do just that, live well past the 1000 year mark, believe it or not they are all made by Mother Nature herself!
The hard work from Rachel Sussman with the help of Experts made her travel far and wide around the world to find and picture each of these so the rest of the world can see these old beauties!
Contemporary artist Rachel Sussman is based in Brooklyn and since 2004 has researched, collaborated with biologists and endured some of the worlds harshest environments and climates from Antarctica to the Majave Desert to photograph what is know as the oldest living organisms on our planet.
There is a realm of life that is not measured in 100’s of year but rather in millennium, her goal was to capture these amazing natural bodies of life. These astonishingly long living ecosystems are now threatened by the climate change and human encroachment!
Welwitschia Mirabilis (2,000 years old; Namib-Naukluft Desert, Namibia)
La Llareta (up to 3,000 years old; Atacama Desert, Chile)
Antarctic Moss (5,500 years old; Elephant Island, Antarctica)
Jomon Sugi, Japanese Cedar (2,180-7,000 years old; Yakushima, Japan)
Spruce Gran Picea (9,550 years old; fulufjellet, Sweden)
Underground Forest (13,000 years old; Pretoria South Africa) DECEASED
Sussman’s amazing hard work has paid off, her photographs of the worlds oldest living organisms have been published by the University of Chicago Press. The book sits between Art, Science and travelogue as the book details her adventures in tracking down each super elderly organism and relays the amazing scientific work done by the scientists to understand them. The book contains 124 stunning photos, 30 essays, infographics and forewords by Hans-Ulrich and Carl Zimmer.
Siberian Actinobacteria (400,000 – 600,000 yrs old; Niels Bohr Inst. Copenhagen)
If you know someone that feels old.. Send them this post, they will soon feel young again 😉