Gnarled tree branches detail life story


“If you look closely at a tree you’ll notice it’s knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.” — Matthew Fox.

Beauty in nature is easy to define and always open to subjective interpretation. A beautiful flower and a cloistered group of gnarled tree branches share a basic quality. They are both a part of Mother Nature’s gifts to mankind and each can be appreciated in its own right for what it contributes to the world in general and the human condition in particular.

B E A U T Y  O F  I M P E R F E C T I O N

Whenever we get up close and personal with anything we try to scrutinize its basic qualities in the hopes of understanding its place in the world.

Sometimes this visual autopsy detracts from the overall beauty of what we are desperately trying to understand. We clinically assemble the facts and lose sight of the object we are trying to fully appreciate.

Tree rings indicate the age of a tree but the branches hanging just overhead offer a more dramatic tale of the circumstances the tree had to face in its enduring life cycle.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder but many times the viewer loses sight of the fact that there is another reality out there waiting to be discovered if only we open our eyes.

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2 Comments on Gnarled tree branches detail life story

  1. This is beautiful and evocative.


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