Wow! Look at the shape of this tree!
Look how it has wound its away amongst the stone lanterns. Isn’t that amazing? Did someone train it this way? There’s no sign of that, but maybe all the training was done years ago and the ropes, ties and poles have long since gone…..but maybe it just made it’s own way amongst the lanterns.
Either way its beautiful to look at, and quite breathtaking to see just how utterly entangled it and the lanterns have become.
Verlyn Klinkenborg wrote in The International Herald and Tribune
I grew up thinking of nature as a collection of species, each one self-reliant and independent, the way a good farmer was supposed to be. It’s an illusion we cling to. But nature is nothing like that, of course. It knits and unravels and reknits. At times, it looks to me as though organisms conspire, as when a weaker vine climbs a stronger one to get to the clapboards sooner. The one thing no species can ever be is self-reliant. Because entangled is the condition of life itself.