I felt a deep sense of mourning when I read about the loss of such an ancient and wise being as that of the 3500 year old Bald Cypress in Florida that is the center of this article by Rachel Sussman. At the same time I was inspired by Rachel’s work to travel and photograph the earth’s most ancient organisms. What a wonderful project. I for one am happy to “meet” these being through her work.
Another incredibly inspiring plant themed piece that came across my path in the past couple weeks was this video of the singing plants at Damanhur. I began to be moved to tears at the point in the video where the plant responded to individuals interactions with it. When interacting with plants, I have felt just such a thing, something like a silent song that mirrors who you are, like they are truly seeing you. With this video I was able to hear the music. Beautiful! More of the work this community is doing can be found here.
“Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountain and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”