On Interstice: Wood

A healthy wooded area one day, a plaza parking lot the next: we have all experienced this despair when a forest is demolished and cleared to make room for human consumerism. I am disheartened when woods are leveled and hope to someday purchase land for the sole purpose of not developing it—to leave it as is, for weeds and wildflowers and seeds to prosper without the threat of a human interrupting such a self-sufficient ecosystem. A concept brought up by Macauley in Wood resonated with me, involving the passivity and longevity of trees. Nurturing, in general, is a rewarding and connective experience, and provides responsibility with satisfaction. Parents nurture offspring; farmers nurture seeds. The germination of a seed is an incredible process to observe, much like the rapid growth of an infant, but what may be more impressive is reflecting on the seed’s progress over large spans of time, where years become decades, and decades become centuries. Dr. Turgeon raved about the astounding height of the redwood trees, which made me wonder how something so extraordinary and lofty arose from the nurturing environment. The ecosystem need only supply the basic nutrients, water, and sunlight to make such an organism flourish. Despite the difference in complexity among plants and animals, or more specifically, trees and humans, it is obvious that with a little nurturing and help from your surroundings, there is potential in any seed, idea, or person. Perhaps I have digressed from the ideas presented by Macauley, but by establishing the impressive growth of a tree, we can then realize how successful forests are, just by growing. Big trees spread their seeds to make little saplings, and small trees attract woodland creatures, who carry seeds of other bushes and flowers with them, and over generations of time, a successful, biotically diverse area can now be called a forest.

The weeping willow tree is one of my favorites.

The weeping willow tree is one of my favorites.

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