Everyone already knows that trees are beautiful, majestic creatures whose corpses make wonderful homes and whose rotting flesh provides the most honest of heat. Few, however, realize that a tree is nothing more than the embodiment of reaching, the incarnation of striving. We look at a tree and know that its roots are underground, questing for moisture and nutrients, but its branches, too, are roots, roots growing upward into the air and light. Look at them. Are they nothing more than roots? A tree is a double-sided root system, reaching and striving and questing, it’s growth in every direction little more than a search.

photo by Ansel Adams

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