trees

Poking around in archives the bare tree branches, forming a lace-like pattern against that pastel colored sky, caught my eye from early last spring ….

Sturdevant-2093

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfill themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.
― Hermann HesseBäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

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31 thoughts on “trees

    • We’ve been having some pretty spectacular skies lately. Tonight the sky lit up at the last moment. It was unbelievable, but I knew I couldn’t get to a good spot to shoot it in time. Win some, lose some.

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    • A really beautiful comment. It occurs to me I should thank you for all the encouragement you’ve given me over the many months (years?) we’ve been following each other. Love the Einstein quote, too. There’s quite a few smart and wise folk out there if you but search them out.

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