Honoring Our Elders
In an age of disposable electronics and cookie-cutter construction, it’s easy to forget that
longevity and resilience exist throughout the natural world: arctic lichens that grow an
inch a century, shrubs that are tens of thousands of years old, and this majestic baobab
tree (pictured above) that’s been around since Julius Caesar first donned a toga. Open this
issue of Orion to marvel at more examples of the world’s oldest living things—you may
be surprised by what you find.
photograph l rachel sussman