Naturally coiled sapling.

I took more than a dozen photographs of this coiled sapling. I found it just off the footpath on Roosevelt Island. Although there was no reason to think it was anything but a naturally-occuring phenomenon, it appeared artificial nonetheless.

The effect is simultaneously muscular and sinuous, like the body of a python whose smoothness encases frightening power. Vegetation like this seems just a hair’s breadth away from membership in the animal kingdom.

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3 Responses to Twist
  1. Dale
    March 14, 2011 | 3:13 pm

    Wow, that’s gorgeous!

  2. Rakewell
    March 14, 2011 | 3:33 pm

    Long, long ago I read a poem ostensibly written by some type of vine that had a right-handed twist to another with a left-handed twist (or maybe vice-versa). I don’t know why the ending of it has stuck with me, but it has:

    Oh my darling,
    Oh my darling,
    Oh my darling columbine.
    You are lost and gone forever;
    We shall never intertwine.

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