The Life of Trees

If trees could talk what would they say? Would they be able to tell the story of human evolution? Trees are, after all, the largest and longest living organisms on earth. In modern day, there are trees that are still standing after close to 4000 years.
 
It is quite amazing, how a tiny little seed can grow into something so ecologically fundamental. A tree will take water and salts out of the earth and lift them up to the leaves, sometimes over 400 ft above, and through photosynthesis the leaves combine the water and salts with carbon dioxide from the air to produce the nutrients which feed the tree. Trees also remove carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, from the air.



In a sense, trees have given us life and evolved civilization as we know it today. Without trees, there would not be wood. There would not be fire and the evolution of production, transportation, building, paper.

Because of their ecological influence, trees are also universally symbolic of birth, life, death, regeneration and rebirth. The influence is evident in many faiths but also artistically in many mediums, such as photography, painting, and drawing.

There is a debt we owe to trees. By destroying our forests there is a danger not only for the environment but also for ourselves.  Preserving our trees and wood resources will essentially preserve civilization.

1 comments:

Editing Luke November 1, 2010 at 6:22 PM  

I've always had a thing for trees. In fact they've been fairly prominent in several of the video poems and experiments I did in film school. And in the stationary video shots I've been collecting for that matter.

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