Photographer: Tohoku Color Agency
This winter lakeside scene on Hokkaido, Japan’s second largest and most northerly island, reminds us of how trees are remarkable survivors: here a range of species withstand sub-zero temperatures and permanently wet conditions that could destroy most plants. In every climate zone, on every continent excluding Antarctica, trees have adapted to cope with, and often thrive in, testing conditions.
From The Life & Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell. Image © Tohoku Color Agency