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Nov 24, 2012

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saratoga woods

"For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone.

They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves.

Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured.
And every young farmboy knows that the hard and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow."
― Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte


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5 comments:

Linda said...

Beautiful image, and the verse is also wonderful. Trees are one of my favourite things as well!

Clarice said...

I love the moss growing up the tree and your big, golden leaf!

kat {pipkin hollow} said...

What a wonderfully unique and creative interpretation for "the closed window" ... the quote, your photo ... such strength and beauty ...

chuck-ct said...

love the cheeky leaf in the corner:)

Gallery Juana said...

Thanks everyone!

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