@AmyB - Thank you so much for this recommendation! I am definitely adding it to my list.

The title jumped out at me because of an old tributary I was familiar with when I lived in Panamá — the Mother Tree Trib. Surrounded by seemingly endless primary forest, a local biologist had determined that one particularly tree along this river was the oldest in the valley. It's enormity was breathtaking and understanding its significance made it even more so. I look forward to diving into a book that captures the same sort of feelings. Now I just need to finish the ones I'm in the midst of first!

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