Entry Title: "Diamond Nights"
Name: Beth Moon , United States
Category and Expertise: Trees, Professional
Entry Description: This series was inspired by two scientific studies that connect tree growth with celestial movement and astral cycles. Most locations were truly wild and remote in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Mighty and eccentric baobabs are featured in this work, titled after constellations named by the ancient Romans. The Milky Way burns brightly in some of the images. Exposures of 30 seconds allowed enough light to enter the lens without noticeable star movement. To give the trees more detail, diffused light from a flashlight was used.