More about trees
No one quite prepared me for the beauty of the trees in Western Australia or why they seemed to speak to me as they did. Whether it was the light and the geographic and biological conditions in that particular part of the world or my own newly awakened spiritual sensitivity to truly seeing them and being in a new , previously for me undiscovered part of the world and being very receptive to and willing to be impressed by the novel and the new but everywhere I went I seemed to be gazing awe struck at the trees I encountered there so magnificent and beautiful and prolific they were in WA.
My travels would often find me gazing up in wonder at these huge magnificent sentient beings popping up unexpectedly on street corners knocking you out with their radiant magnificance or lining streets in spectacular arches and avenues and congregating spectacularly in corner parks .. Everywhere I went the trees just seemed so much bigger and more magnificent than the trees back East .
One just down the road from where I was staying in Perth on William St in Mt Lawley I was told was a National Heritage listed tree .It was ginormous silvery barked gum with big fat smooth story book limbs and branches on which sometimes iconically and poetically sat a single pair of pink galahs … This made me sigh with pleasure .I suddenly felt like I found the trees from which Norman Lindsay got his inspiration for the magic pudding illustrations.
The trees I encountered in W.A. were both native varieties of gum such as those beauties with their beautiful curvaceous limbs gracing the foreshores of Kalbarri and which seemed to have been deliberately planted as a romantic gesture by some long ago Kalbarri or Northampton shire council.These trees were planted in pairs under which benches have been poetically positioned to invite visitors or locals alike to stop and sit a while and gaze out to sea and contemplate the awesome and spectacular beauty of that part of the world .
In Hyde Park in Mt Lawley Perth there were also the huge deciduous trees which had been planted when the park was created at the turn of the 20th Century. These phenomenal European trees with their curvaceous twisted limbs spreading out into vast wide mind blowing canopies and these enormous gnarly ‘lord of the rings style ‘ curved and twisted root systems that just stop you awestuck in your tracks seem to live in companiable sympathetico with one another One might be growing leaning to the left so that another has room to spread out its branches and share in the sunshine they appear as if to be caught up in some endlessly graceful and gracious accommodating dance together.
Deciduous trees in Hyde Park WA
I remember in Northhampton coming suddenly upon one beautiful gum tree growing almost tucked away from human view .I marvelled at how she grew there quietly blooming where she was planted regardless of whether anyone ever saw her or noticed her beauty dependent on no ones validation standing in her quiet power through the seasons providing oxygen for the townsfolk home and shelter for birds and critters simply fulfilling her genetic blueprint to become the best loveliest tree she could be .I felt as if in the moments I lingered there she truly appreciated my being witness to her beauty as perhaps few had .
In Western Australia I developed a new appreciation of trees. I was often close to tears as I tried to photograph the beautiful essences and the sheer magnificence of the trees I encountered. I feel like perhaps I was tuning into the devic essences of these sentient beings and my limitations as a photographer rarely saw me completely satisfied that I had captured the beauty of exactly what I saw and felt.I really wanted to honour their beauty as it presented to me and just felt continuously humbled and awed by natures beauty and generosity.
I spent a lot of time gazing and marvelling at trees in WA and felt increasingly as if they were talking to me. I marvelled at their patience and their stoic beauty and how they simply stood and grew where they were planted their arms outstretched to heaven . I marvelled at how they patiently grew through all weathers. Think about it trees go on growing as silent patient ambassadors of some greater Divine loving force our longstanding allies for without them and the job they do converting our carbon dioxide in to oxygen life on our planet could simply not exist.
Please also have a look at the trees in my photo gallery as well