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..
While in Ireland we were quite honored to spend the day with the Earl of Longford, Thomas Packinham, who has been collecting and planting species of trees on his family estate for the past 50 years. His gardens are exquisite and he had an encyclopedic knowledge of all things trees. A real kindred spirit, he's traveled all over the world to photograph trees and uncover their stories and has written 4 books on his findings. We could hardly keep up with him as he led us through the arboretum (and yes, past his giant castle!)