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@cookjenshel For 9/11, a remembrance of a different time – when you could stand a quarter mile high in the sky, and look out at a horizon of possibilities. Photos from our archive, made in 1979.

photograph by @cookjenshel Happy Summer Solstice! Sunset from the Hills on Governors Island, which we photographed on assignment for The Nature Conservancy - for our story on urban trees appearing in the Summer, 2019 issue. @nature_org

@cookjenshel In time for World Environment Day, our cover story, “Urban Roots” has just been published in the summer issue of The Nature Conservancy Magazine. The story deals with the many ways trees improve the urban environment - and makes a case for why we need more trees in critical need areas. The trees of New York City annually remove 51,000 tons of carbon and 1,100 tons of pollutants from the air – a natural way to combat the effects of climate change. Our photograph of newly created parkland at the southern portion of Governors Island, were part of a planting initiative reclaiming an area that once housed a Coast Guard base. To see more photos - copy and paste this URL: @nature_org @NatGeoImageCollection

Photos by @cookjenshel Happy Arbor Day! It may seem odd to post images of a cemetery for Arbor Day, but we have our reasons. Green-Wood Cemetery, which opened in 1836, is the final resting place for many distinguished New Yorkers. It is also one of the finest arboretums in New York, home to over 7,000 trees – many among the oldest in the city. We photographed Green-Wood in Brooklyn as part of our Urban Tree story for The Nature Conservancy. You can see more of our images celebrating the benefits of trees in the Summer 2019 issue of the @nature_org magazine.

Photo by @cookjenshel Happy Earth Day! Today is a day that implores all of us to consider how we can be better stewards of our planet – to help restore nature’s balance. From our @natgeo assignment, American holly trees being hoisted up 30 feet for planting on the elevated High Line Park in New York City. Please consider planting something pollinator-friendly. @NatGeoCreative

Photo by @cookjenshel Seven years ago the United Nations proclaimed the 21st of March International Day of Forests, to raise awareness of the importance of all types of forests. One of the most magical forests we ever spent time in was the Goblin Forest in Egmont National Park, on the North Island of New Zealand. Today we not only honor your forests, but how your country has responded to such tragedy. Less than one week after that terrible mass shooting, New Zealand was able to make sweeping changes to their gun laws.

Photo by @cookjenshel While the Spring Equinox, arrives at 5:58PM Eastern Standard Time, marking the official start to spring here in the Northern Hemisphere – the cherry blossoms are not quite happening yet (as they were when we made this photos a few years back). So today we’re just dreaming of spring. @natgeoimagecollection

@cookjenshel What a profoundly sad day from start to finish. To awake to the tragic news from New Zealand, and then to receive the very sad news that W.S. Merwin died. His poetry, writing and environmental advocacy have long been an inspiration to us. “On the last day of the world I would want to plant a tree” - W.S. Merwin, from the poem, “Place” Where we can find hope – is in the over one million school children around the world who rallied today to press politicians to act on the urgent need for action to address climate change. Clearly these children understand the message William and Paula Merwin left us with – that we need to leave the world a better place. @themerwinconservancy

@cookjenshel Today is the last day of National Geographic Image Collection’s Flash Sale. Purchase your print by 11:59 PM EST to ensure you’ve reserved a hand signed photograph. A link for purchasing prints is in bio - or visit

Photograph by @cookjenshel In honor of “Indigenous Peoples’ Day,” we are sharing a sacred tree from our Wise Trees book. This lone sentinel is sacred to the Ojibwa people of Grand Portage, Minnesota, who call it Manido Gizhigans, or “Spirit Little Cedar Tree.” For hundreds of years, the Ojibwa have left offerings at this white cedar for safe passage prior to traveling – especially across the often-treacherous waters of Lake Superior. @abramsbooks @natgeo @thephotosociety

We are pleased that our photo, of the nighttime viewing of cherry blossoms at the Hirano Shrine in Kyoto, is being featured in the National Geographic Image Collection Flash Sale. For a limited time, you can purchase a signed print for $100. Our photo has been thematically paired with Eliza Scidmore’s image from 1918. Click on the link on our Instagram bio, or visit here:

Photo by @cookjenshel Twenty two years ago, on September 18th President Clinton designated the Escalante-Grand Staircase National Monument in Utah, to protect for generations to come – the irreplaceable antiquities that exist within its over 1.7 million acres. It was a dream assignment for us, and our first for National Geographic, to photograph that spectacular landscape containing 250 million years of geologic history. It would take a lifetime to see the vast number of rock art panels and historic dwellings found within the monument’s borders, so we were fortunate to have the help of archeologists and geologists to lead us to many of the more important sites. Much of this landscape has still not been fully surveyed, and with current proposals to shrink the monument, it’s heartbreaking that we may lose an unknown rich history before it’s been fully revealed. @natgeo @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

Photograph by @cookjenshel For World Water Day, we want to again bring some attention to a deeply troubling water issue - the fact that the ancient glaciers of the Andes have lost half of their ice in the past 40 years. Sixty percent of Peru’s population is dependent on getting their drinking water from glaciers – which scientists tell us are receding at a rate of 30 feet per year. We made this photograph in 2010, of a glacier melting into Laguna Llaca, in Huascaran National Park, in the Cordillera Blanca Mountains, in Peru. That glacier, since we made this image, has receded an additional 240 feet. @cookjenshel @thephotosociety @natgeocreative

Photograph by @cookjenshel Happy International Day of Forests! Today’s global celebration is meant to raise awareness of the many ways trees sustain and protect us. One of those many benefits of trees is their ability to store carbon – which helps mitigate the impacts of climate change. Here is one of our favorite forests, the Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, Washington. And speaking of a place that receives a lot of rain, we should also note that trees protect important watersheds – and help prevent flooding. @cookjenshel @natgeocreative @thephotosoceity

Photograph by @cookjenshel This photo was selected by the photo editors of @natgeo, as one of the “Best Photos of 2017.” We photographed this neem tree at a temple in Varanasi, India for our story “What We Can Learn from Trees,” published in the March 2017 issue. The sacred tree is adorned with a red cloth and facemask, to facilitate a closer relationship between the worshipper and the goddess Shitala, who is embodied within the neem. It is one of many trees we photographed for our book, exploring the enduring role trees have played, and continue to play in societies around the world. @cookjenshel @abramsbooks @knesebeck_verlag @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @natgeoExpeditionCouncil

Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by @cookjenshel We photographed the Velvet Hills, just before a storm, at sunrise in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah for our first @natgeo assignment. The story was about the newly created monument. As we take in yesterday’s grim news, about the decision to substantially reduce the size of both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, let’s remember the words of the president who signed the Antiquities Act of 1906 into law: “Here is your country. Cherish these natural wonders. Do not let selfish men and greedy interests skin your country of its beauty, its riches, or its romance.“ Theodore Roosevelt That act allowed for the creation of National Monuments – to preserve federal lands from looting, desecration and destruction – for the appreciation of future generations. @natgeo @natgeocreative @thephotosociety

Photo by @cookjenshel Today we’re thankful that @pdnonline singled out our "Wise Trees" work for their PDN Photo of the Day feature on November 22, 2017. Their Instagram post featured this Gion Weeping Cherry Tree from the book - published in English by @abramsbooks, and in German by @Knesebeck_verlag. This most revered cherry tree, in Kyoto, Japan, has its own “sakura-mori” or cherry tree doctor. @ccokjenshel @abramsbooks @Knesebeck_verlag.@thephotosociety @natgeocreative @natgeo

Photo by @cookjenshel A shout out to our German-speaking friends - today is the official publication date of “Das Wissen der Baume.” The wonderful publisher Knesebeck in Munich, produced the German language edition of “Wise Trees,” with the same handsome reproductions as the Abrams Books edition. Stay tuned, the Japanese Edition will be forthcoming this December. @cookjenshel @Knesebeck_verlag @abramsbooks @natgeocreative @thephotosociety @natgeo

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