Light blesses the trees in their seasons

Seasons may go round and round forever as trees remain themselves, handling natural and man-made conditions as they come.  Sliding in and out of sunshine and snow times, holding their branches up for birds and saws alike, to nourish with fruit, nuts or sap, shelter, offer fuel and building material.

Growing up where there were plenty of woodlands, feeling calmed by trees from my earliest days on the planet, I’ve gotten a sense of community amongst the trees in a given area.  There is the feeling that they come to depend upon one another in their positions, roots anchored into the soil, rock, supported by massive soil biomes unique to their place and time.  Trees share so much more than we can see in our casual dealings with them.

Still or wind rubbed trees may appear to be non-sentient, yet if you close down your thoughts as you study them you may just detect inclinations on the part of their branches towards one another.

As this ponderosa pine and plum tree do, growing together close enough to easily mingle their branches, far enough apart to give space to the vital root systems.

branches of the seasons
Ever ready to offer their services to passing birds, insects, creatures and humans:  The evergreen looks about the same in August as in February, while the bare plum branches are beginning to put out thousands of flower buds.  Within weeks a myriad butterflies and bees will be feeding in those branches, while new tribes of birds perch in the thicker pine branches.

There is a German forester who’s been in the news recently — Peter Wohlleben — for his long study of trees, detailed in his book The Secret Life of Trees:  What They Feel How They Communicate — Discoveries from a Secret World.

I mean to read it soon.  Meanwhile I keep an eye on the five trees in my back yard, alongside their larger neighbors in other yards.

light on desert willow
The desert willow, smaller than its yard mates, has been growing mightily the past two years, wetter than usual for this high desert country.  Clinging as it was to some of last year’s leaves yesterday, it seemed full of magic.  A fountain of light flowed into it from a brilliant sun, a soft white feather fluttered in its branches, a reminder of birds that perch there in the warmer months.  The camera lens provided the ring of green light — rather prescient, thought I.  Green leaves will pop out soon…

“Were one to observe with an eye that discovereth the realities of all things, it would become clear that the greatest relationship that bindeth the world of being together lieth in the range of created things themselves, and that co-operation, mutual aid and reciprocity are essential characteristics in the unified body of the world of being, inasmuch as all created things are closely related together and each is influenced by the other or deriveth benefit therefrom, either directly or indirectly.” ~’Abdu’l-Baha

Author: Rising Over the Smoke

Rising Over the Smoke is me looking for larger patterns, hidden meanings in what goes on all around us. The world gets more conflicted and confused from one year to the next, or so it seems. Some days life feels fresh, open, energized, connected, others more nuanced, confused, distanced, lethargic. To me writing is a way of exploring my place, and perhaps that of others. I am Baha’i, thus my thoughts are affected by my faith. Beliefs include independent investigation of truth, equality of men and women, the essential harmony between science and religion, that there is one God from whom all the world’s religions spring, that we diverse humans are all of one family. The Baha’i Faith is unlike other existing world religions as it does not claim to be the only “true” path or religion. The Baha’i Faith acknowledges all sacred traditions and religions as equal.

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