A single kapok tree in Costa Rica sends a global message


In this remarkable edition, environmental scientist Gretchen C. Daily and photographer Charles J. Katz describe how one relict tree, the magnificent Ceiba pentandra in the village of Sabalito, carries physical and spiritual importance far out into the world. In poetic language interwoven with scientific fact, she also describes the historical and natural history of this tree and of the ceiba species in general. Katz's photographs of the tree and village amplify this message quietly yet forcefully.

Gretchen Daily is the recipient of the Blue Planet Prize, the world's most prestigious award for environmental sustainability.

One Tree is in the permanent collections of the Vatican Library, the Ute & Bill Bowes Art & Architecture Library at Stanford University, Pennsylvania State University Library, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, University of Washington Libraries Special Collections,
and Boston Athenæum.