Thursday, August 5, 2010

Root or Tree

There are parts of the forest where pretty much the entire floor is made up of fallen trees, felled decades and decades ago, now rotting. One mark of this is the undulation - mounds and dips and crevices - of the floor. Some of the fallen trees made new trees with their side branches, and the main trunk has since become a large, above-ground root.

I don't think that is the case with the above drawing; but it's hard to tell what exactly went on. Did the floor merely wash away? In a sense: there was a tree beneath it, which has rotted. Where did one tree end and another begin - and then, it's like the floor feels false. One can sense it, like one is standing on a great cloud, far be it from actual solid ground; and everything that is growing out of it - from groundcover to underbrush to pillared trees - may as well be growing out of a cloud, so amazing does it suddenly appear.

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