Find a large stand of aspen trees in a suitable valley. Next find a vantage point from which a camera can take images that contain the grove and enough of the surroundings. Set up a camera to take one image at noon on the first day of each month for two hundred years. If the conditions for the aspen trees is more favorable at one end of the valley, the organism will grow more trees there. Slowly some of the trees on the other side of the valley may die off. After two hundred years we would have 2,400 images. Using 15 images per second we would have a movie that is two minutes and 40 seconds long and may show a forrest walking across a valley.
Tree Profile: Aspen
One aspen tree is actually only a small part of a larger organism. A stand or group of aspen trees is considered a singular organism with the main life force underground in the extensive root system.
Older than the massive Sequoias or the biblical Bristlecone Pines, the oldest known aspen clone has lived more than 80,000 years on Utah’s Fishlake National Forest. Not only is the clone the oldest living organism, weighing in at an estimated 6,600 tons, it is also the heaviest.