We have been tracking the fires in California and how they relate to the drought and climate change. The Whittier fire burned in a valley with many old oak trees, leaving behind ash skeletons that reminded us of crime scenes and certainly had the quiet hush of a graveyard. This is Brian with the 4 x 5 kneeling before a magnificent oak that survived with just charred leaves on the underside of it's crown.
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..
We love visiting our friends in Mendocino, especially in the summertime when there's lots of fog which makes for a perfect backdrop.