Roots the life line that digs in, burrows down and holds a tree in place. Roots travel through the soil around in search of food, in their search they provide stability Ever wonder what your invisible roots look like. Imagine that each experience we live through is another root forming, some are strong and are leaders, others are just side shoots and really only affect us for awhile.
Mother Nature, has given this old beech tree very strong roots, the tree above(top) has very decorative roots. We all know if we garden, or do landscaping, that a tree can be very resilient even when it has had a good portion of its roots cut away by a careless shovel, or with full intention by the gardener. In the woods when I am traipsing through on one of my exploring forays, I actually go in search of roots, driftwood, fallen trees that have somehow come down exposing their root system, it is a treasure hunt, camera in hand I wander happily off trails and into the brush. When I was actively carving and sculpting I searched for pieces that I could carry away that could be recycled into “art” that represented human forms and “activities”. In nature, we see the natural progression of the life cycle of plants/trees. For our personal “selves” it isn’t so easy, yet each and every one of us has roots.
I could be one of these trees, this is a picture of “the Dark Hedges” of Ireland, after all, trees that have lived a long and productive life, are mostly seen along side other trees. We do see stand alone majestic trees, however, usually at one time, they were surrounded by other trees. I am one of many on this earth. But I see myself as a lone individual. Nor am I able to see the scars (rings) of my life. I may feel them, as my body ages, but I do not see them, nor do I see the roots that have held me and supported me through my journey. I am wanting to pay my respects to my roots, I want to nourish and take care of my roots. To do so I first have to acknowledge them, and determine what is needed to keep them strong and healthy.
Now how about this, I want to be this tree offering shelter to the wee ones, (for more info on this picture, follow link shown in picture) Roots come in all shapes and size, the older we get, the deeper our roots. Do you know, does a tree die from old age?
What do you see?
Thank you to all the wonderful photographers who posted to Pinterest
#1- lori-wright houldsworth
#2, beech Derbyhire district,National park, England by Keartona.flickr.jpg
#3 Ireland vickie hopper.jpg
#4 fb.com/nature galleries
#5 gnarled by loominpapa.flickr.jjpg