In the Name of Beauty

Tree wired with lights.

There’s something flesh-like about this tree and its bark. The bounced light is harsh and revealing. Looking at this bound and decorated trunk makes me feel my age. What might I be willing to do to look good?

Our standards of beauty for cultivated trees can be quite strict. We trim them, we braid them, we break them on the rack. We wrap them in lights and delight in their loveliness.

One day the old, unsightly, drooping tree is chopped down and burned or rendered into mulch. And a new sapling takes its place.


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Great Blue Heron, Captiva Beach, FLThis Great Blue Heron posed relentlessly for the many photographers who stopped to enjoy the sunset…
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