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This huge dying teak tree, killed by greedy humans, epitomises what we are doing to our planet. This shot was taken in April 2009 in the mountains of northern Thailand where teak forests once flourished. Scores of similar giants, 2-300 years old, standing near this tree had also been illegally ringbarked in the Lum Nam Pai Wildlife Sanctuary where Dave (in photo) and I were walking. Local villagers will fell the trees when the wood is dry and handsaw it to produce planks for sale.

I am an Australian expat living in the hills of Mae Hong Son province Thailand (please visit cavelodge.com). I photograph almost everything, above and below ground.

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  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 5 years ago

    definitely a sad sight. it’s so scary to know how fast we’re killing our earth

  • thanks for the comment Carla, it is very sad, and the fact that a human, in a couple of minutes, can kill something that has lived for centuries is scary.

    – John Spies

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 5 years ago

    it’s interesting to come across this photo also? just recently i went to a ‘historical society’ meeting locally here. this ancient lady brought a GIANT axe head she’d dug up in her garden. over 2000 years old……….it’s sole use was to make those cuts in trees. it weighed about 20 pounds and was discarded once it’s sharpness was used up. i was curious about what the process of the tree looked like…this image showed me exactly

  • Thanks for that story, what a find in the lady’s garden, Ringbarking is a very easy and effective way to kill a tree and has been done since the stone-age.

    – John Spies

  • Carla Wick/Jandelle Petters
    Carla Wick/Jan...over 5 years ago

    sad that we haven’t evolved much since that time eh?
    and i know the lady was really happy when she finally found out it wasn’t used to kill people instead. :o) most people figure if it’s stone and shaped/knapped? it’s an arrowhead or an axe blade used to scalp people.

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