TINY-BIG ITEM AT DEVIL’S LAKE / TEUFELSSEE IN BERLIN

What was once a big tree providing shade to bathing guests in summer, is now just a tiny tree stump ultimately changing to an abstract sculpture created by the forces of nature. But when you look inside the eroded stump then all of a sudden it feels quite like looking down a steep cliff.

But fallen trees are no fallen angels, while they are able to bear small, original and  sometimes quite impenetrable jungle areas. Unfortunately with the foggy, dull light of November a lot of things are not looking bright and sparkling. Such is life.

© transmutation.me (2016)
Tiny at Devil’s lake

SO JUST CUT THAT PLANT IN HALF!

Tunesien April06 029“It’s no accident that we continually refer to ourselves as individuals: the term comes from the Latin ‘in’ (which here means not) and ‘dividuus’ (divisible). Our body really is indivisible: if we’re cut in half, the two halves can’t live separately; they die. But if we cut a plant in half, the two parts can still live independently, for the simple reason that a plant isn’t an individual. In fact, the right way to think about a tree, a cactus, or a shrub is not to compare it to a human being or any other animal, but to picture it as a colony. A tree is much more like a colony of bees or ants than an individual animal.”

from: Brilliant Green, Stefano Mancuso / Allesandro Viola, 2015, p. 36