stones that speak

Brought back a lot to think about after seeing the monoliths in Ireland.  Some have been around for 6000 years, which is longer than the pyramids!  They seem to have much more to communicate to us and made me think about archiving, since the Song series is meant to preserve the essence of trees through imagery, but paper doesn't last 6000 years and somehow I doubt digital files will be around then either.  Some DNA systems of conifers like redwoods have been around since the beginning of the earth, and in order to explore this idea of longevity, have started to work with stone as a process, creating water vessels for each tree carved with the Celtic Ogham Tree alphabet.  Is it a perfect joining?  Only time will tell..

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Beech grove, Dyrehaven (Deer Park) in Vejle, Denmark, originally created for hunting purposes and now popular in Denmark as nature sanctuaries in the cities.  Some of the last remaining places in Northern Europe to find old growth trees, as logging has been a main industry since the 9th century and although they practice reforestation, it's just not the same is it?

Not only were the trees in Fulufjallet National Park in Sweden of interest, but we discovered the extraordinary white lichen and colorful mosses found on the summit surrounding Old Tjikko.  The rocks seemed to have as much to say as the trees and as the lichen grow at about a millimeter every year, some of the lichen covering the rocks is hundreds of years old.  We had a perfect rainy day for our hike, which cleared everyone else off the mountain, so we got to commune with the storm and Sweden's largest waterfall nearby. 

 

 

Photographing Trees (and Amir Khan) in India

Last summer after the residency we traveled from the southernmost tip of India in Kanyakumari, Tamil Nadir - where the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal all come together and where some of Ghandi's ashes were spread - up the Western Coast, making stops at Amma's Amritapuri Ashram, Fort Cochin, a Dutch fishing town where the Kochi Muziris Biennale is held every year, attracting art collectors and museum directors from around the globe.  We passed through Mumbai long enough to visit a Bollywood film set where we were hosted by the memorable actor and humanitarian Amir Khan, onward through Rajasthan, Agra and New Delhi.  India was overwhelming, magical and filled with faith, ritual, danger and beauty and has forever changed us.  We also learned more about climate change issues and that the drought we have been so consumed with in California is also happening on a global scale.

Brian made this image in a tranquil moment of a harrowing 90 MPH road trip from Jodhpur to Jaipur somewhere near the camel town of Pushkar in Rajasthan.  Trees are often sites for Puja, or worship in India and in the most surprising and remote places we found elaborate altars either inside the tree or at the base.