When I encounter a fallen tree, often felled by brutal windstorms in Ontario, it's a bittersweet moment for me: On one hand, I'm upset such a stalwart of nature has been decimated and shred; on the other hand, I find a curious beauty in broken trees.
Sometimes, I see fallen trees as pull-back-the-curtain peeks into their guts. I find it fascinating to investigate its roots, its history, its beginnings. It's the part of nature rarely revealed to us.
Sometimes, I compare this new misshapen chaos as Magic Eye pictures aka autostereograms, which allow some people to see 3D images by focusing on 2D patterns. But here, in its 3D glory, I can see images emerge much like clouds can reveal something to you that was hidden when your eyes were cast to the ground.
In this felled tree I spotted at Gibraltar Point at the Toronto Islands this week, I can see the outline of an owl at its elbow, at the top portion of the photo. Can you see it too?
Recently, I dug deeper into the human relationship to trees, and I came across this quote capturing such a bond, courtesy Leonardo da Vinci:
Throughout human history the tree structure has been used to explain almost every facet of life: from consanguinity ties to cardinal virtues, systems of laws to domains of science, biological association to database systems. It has been such a successful model for graphically displaying relationships because it pragmatically expresses the materialization of multiplicity (represented by its succession of boughs, branches, twigs, and leaves) out of unity (its central foundational trunk, which is in turn connected to a common root, source, or origin.)
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