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The Oldest Living Things In The World


Even wondered what something more than 2000 yrs old looks like through a photographer’s eyes? Thanks to Rachel Sussman– the woman behind this project – we can, and the photos are breath-taking. Rachel is “researching, working with biologists, and traveling all over the world to find and photograph continuously living organisms that are 2,000 years old and older.”

She’s been working on the project for 5 years and still has a few more places to hit. Rachel has funded the project by herself and with the help of friends and family until now- she needs some extra help. There is a Kickstarter campaign site where you can donate to keep the project going. You can even donate as little as $1….

welwitschia mirabilis (2,000 years old; namib naukluft desert, namibia)

la llareta (up to 3,000 years old; atacama desert, chile)

bristlecone pine (up to 5,000 years old; white mountains, california)


43 Comments leave one →
  1. 05/07/2010 12:49 pm

    Wow I like the Photos, great blog thanks for sharing 😉

  2. Raul Alanis permalink
    05/07/2010 12:56 pm

    This is a great idea. I love anything creative and unique! I am interested in seeing the end result.

  3. 05/07/2010 1:38 pm

    Those are gorgeous–thanks for sharing!

  4. 05/07/2010 2:07 pm

    Beautiful pictures. Can beauty be deadly? 😉 (think bacteria)

    P.S. Check out my blog for some humor 🙂

  5. ancientfoods permalink
    05/07/2010 2:44 pm

    Interesting project-great post

  6. bads permalink
    05/07/2010 3:29 pm

    how did you get this info?
    if it is right then you must be grate.

  7. 05/07/2010 4:01 pm

    Your work is so awe inspiring…wishing you make many more such joyous discoveries

  8. 05/07/2010 4:11 pm

    love your work.. projectone gives you a gold star!

  9. 05/07/2010 4:20 pm

    Thanks for posting this…..would love to know more about each photo.

  10. 05/07/2010 8:10 pm

    wow,best photo

  11. 05/07/2010 8:16 pm

    What an amazing project! The photos are quite stunning too.

  12. 05/07/2010 10:03 pm

    Wow….what an adventure through life. Makes a person wonder about Gods creation. Thanks for sharing….

  13. 05/08/2010 12:24 am

    What a great idea for a project! Love the photos.

  14. 05/08/2010 6:43 am

    What a tremendous project !
    Rachel deserves an award as well as funding.

  15. Anas AL Khen-Cham Ecotourism Society Club- Marketing Manager permalink
    05/08/2010 7:05 am

    Oh My God.. They are extraordinary photos!!

  16. dohugsnotdrugs permalink
    05/08/2010 9:16 am

    gorgeous photos

  17. Songbird permalink
    05/08/2010 11:26 am

    How interesting and inspiring, and what a unique idea!!

  18. binzy permalink
    05/08/2010 12:44 pm

    That’s a very beautiful and noble project you have undertaken. The pictures are breathtaking too. Thanks for sharing !!

  19. 05/08/2010 2:38 pm

    Hey Everyone – Thanks for all the comments! Just to be clear – this is a project by Rachel Sussman. I’m just a designer who got wind of the project, and wanted to help spread the word so Rachel can visit her last few destinations.


  20. 05/08/2010 2:39 pm

    Very nice photos. Thanks.

  21. 05/08/2010 3:37 pm

    There are creasote bushes in the California desert that are very old. I’m not sure just how ancient they are though.

  22. 05/08/2010 7:29 pm

    Very interesting to search for and compile these ancient living systems.

  23. Phillip Frangules permalink
    05/08/2010 8:50 pm

    Wow, very fascinating photos, in particular the tree…

  24. Michael permalink
    05/08/2010 9:29 pm


  25. Perla Hatcher permalink
    05/08/2010 9:39 pm

    Wow accidently bumped onto your blog and wow did I enjoy it. I’m ready for more. Perla

  26. 05/08/2010 11:57 pm

    Oh my goodness. Freaking epic photos. I love it!

  27. 05/09/2010 12:16 am

    wow now that is truly special i wish u guidance & blessings during your project.

  28. freemasonry permalink
    05/09/2010 4:08 am

    wow! that is so cool (referring to the photos)!

    great post!

  29. 05/09/2010 6:06 am

    wow, wonderful! Nice and nice! kindly keep on hunting the other artistic photos
    cordially yours//pemulung

  30. 05/09/2010 7:01 am

    great photos and video .

  31. The Evening permalink
    05/09/2010 7:18 am

    unbelievable !!!

  32. 05/09/2010 8:17 am

    Puts getting old into perspective! Nice find.

  33. ALBorozon permalink
    05/09/2010 8:56 am

    Buenos dias,

    Thank you very much for sharing this post with all of us. Quite and interesting project and well worth supporting.

    Con regard,


  34. 05/09/2010 12:39 pm

    Refreshingly nice post. Something unique. I hope you dont disclose the location to idiotic scientists.

    But how do one donate?

  35. 05/09/2010 12:52 pm

    Congratulations on making the ( Freshly Pressed ) Headliner… Great Job. Great work too.

  36. 05/09/2010 4:08 pm

    Amazing photographs, are you also making a book documenting them?

  37. 05/10/2010 6:02 am

    Amazing how life can last for so long!

    Andrew Miller

  38. Walter Padick permalink
    05/15/2010 8:48 am

    Wow, great photos!

  39. 05/16/2010 12:09 pm

    This blog is very good. Thanks for this. I will bookmark this page…


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