How do Trees Experience the World and Us?

The tree lifted a frond and lovingly placed it over my shoulders, and when I removed it, placed it there again.

W.A.Law
ChannSpirations and Coincidences

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Author's image, 2020

Recently, I saw a strikingly handsome building set in a grove of old-growth trees. It was not a natural landscape, but when the building was constructed, the developer had left some ancient Douglas fir and ponderosa pine and created the impression of a long solidity in the landscape for his construction. It is rare for a builder to go to such trouble because it is more straightforward and economical to clear a lot and build than to build around trees and other natural landscape elements. I studied the property with its balance of trees, the stone, and the woodwork of the building. I wondered how the trees had experienced this construction and the loss of so many other trees on that particular stand.

Two years ago, I witnessed a tree doing something I suspected I was not meant to see. My partner had just placed a planter full of new young plants on a deck rail under the canopy of a very ancient willow. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught movement and turned just in time to see the willow purposely lift a frond and stroke the young plants. The action was like an arm lifting and then stroking the plants, and the movement occurred twice, lifting and returning…

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W.A.Law
ChannSpirations and Coincidences

William is a cultural historian, anthropologist and family therapist. His areas of specialization are Islamic Culture, Medical Anthropology and Family Systems.