Magazine article National Parks

One Tree

Magazine article National Parks

One Tree

Article excerpt

Last year, photographer James Baiog came to Washington, D.C., to talk about his research on trees and global warming, and I was fortunate enough to see him speak. At the end of his presentation, a woman in the audience asked how we can expect the next generation to care about forests and trees, since more people are moving to urban landscapes and many kids may never set foot in a forest. I loved Balog's response. A few years earlier, he had found a way to rig ropes and climbing gear so he could capture an entire Sequoia from top to bottom by taking a series of photos. When he pasted these photos together, he produced images no one had ever seen before-images that appeared in National Geographic magazine and a book that garnered a lot of attention. On the book tour that followed, dozens of people came up to him, some close to tears, to tell him how much they loved trees and forests, which he hadn't expected. …

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