Come, take my hand. LET ME SHOW YOU THE TREE PEOPLE:

OK, fine, these gorgeous photos aren’t of people who live in trees, but hybrids of folks and foliage. Taken by 27-year-old Finnish photographer Christoffer Relander, the photos are part of his series We Are Nature Vol. III.

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Christoffer Relander

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If his work looks familiar, you may’ve seen his art on the cover of New Scientist this summer. “As in my previous work I’ve double and triple exposed (combined) man and nature in-camera, this time by using a Nikon D800E,” Relander writes. He then uses Lightroom for small tweaks.

While perhaps unintentional, the photos express that by harming nature, we’re really harming ourselves. How much more permanent are we than the leaves on trees? (There’s your depressing thought for the day. You’re welcome.)

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Christoffer Relander

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Check out previous installments of We Are Nature on Relander’s site, or grab a print for the nature-loving art aficionado in your life.