Karen Viola

NY, US

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Beech Companions

Ink on paper, 6 x 8 inches.
Done mostly on location at Cranberry Lake Preserve in Weschester county, NY with a bit of digital painting at home.
2022

I have sketched these particular trees before at various angles and each time I notice something new. Today's surprise was noticing how they were actually fused together through their roots.

This fusing together is just one of the many amazing things these and many other trees can do. The stronger individual provides nutrients for the weaker because they know as trees know that their fates are tied. They join together as one in the struggle for survival. I wonder if the people who carved their marks and professed their love on the bark of these trees noticed this beautiful romance of resilience at their feet.

Can humans learn about resilience from trees? I know I do. I have also learned much from the Think Resilience course sponsored by the Post Carbon Institute (tags below) and I urge everyone reading this to please check it out, it is a valuable (and free) resource.
2022
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