The architecture of the trees

My architectural training seemed to come out today.  Everywhere I looked, I saw structure and cities.  Tree stumps looked like ancient cities built on mountains (which we don’t have in Florida).  The structure of the tree gives the impression of buildings, aged yet retaining their integrity.  The moss above shows the patina of age, and how beautiful that can be.

A palm frond, dead and aged to a papery beige, curves over itself as if sheltering something within.  Like folded concrete, built with an exquisite lightness and strength, the folds of the fronds provide both structure and lightness.  Light is filtered just enough to not overwhelm, while still allowing a brightness within, while the light color of the roof reflects the sun back and ensures the coolness within.  The tendril that runs down its finger adds just the right ornamentation to the shelter to accentuate without becoming gaudy.

A perfect spiral of a vine twists around a another, transforming itself into a stairway to the cool green of an alien sky.  Bridges span the space from column to column, providing a place of rest for those afraid of its dizzying heights.  The larger column, veiled in Spanish moss, is dimpled with windows to allow views from the tower.

Nearby, a gossamer nest of spider silk shines against the sturdiness of a broken tree.  The threads at once ensnare and embellish the twigs that project from the trunk.  Notes of gold fleck the web, accentuating a shining moment with the color of wealth.  Crowned with this shining halo, the trunk becomes more than it had ever hoped to be.

The decayed root ball shoots off in all directions, a futuristic planet that houses an entire world within itself.   The improbable structure of the root at the top, with slender stalk and bulbous top shows a sophistication of structure that can only belong to the future.

The mossy aerial view of the city shows the delicate twists and turns of river and lake, with veins of the forests creeping across the land.  Hills are interspersed with houses, mountains and skyscrapers.  Lines on the map show political divisions, or perhaps only geographic distinctions between piedmont and plain.  The map to the city holds the secrets of the land.



All photos today were taken at John Mahon Park in Gainesville FL.


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