Project Athena - Day 65 (Trees)

Lessons from Trees

God is the experience of looking at a tree and saying, “Ah!”
— Joseph Campbell

I walked among the trees this evening listening to their prudence. I always seem to garner some great wisdom from them as they whisper messages through their expressive leaves and occasional creaking trunks.

This couple had a lot to say about resilience. They weathered a great flood almost a year ago. As you can see, it almost took them down. But they don't seem to know that. They just keep growing next to each other undaunted by their now awkward angle. They don't protest about the rocks deposited at their base. The wear the scars in their trunks with indifference despite the trauma of being assaulted by perilous debris that rushed through six foot high waters. There is no sad story replaying about how a free flowing river they once loved betrayed them and became their adversary.

I never heard them complain about, blame, or project onto each other. I never heard them criticize themselves or talk about their fear or expectations of their future. They just were. Happy. Holding branches. And smiling...

Resilient Tree, Poudre River Trail

Nikon D3200 • Nikon 18-55mm lens • 18mm • F/22 • 1/6s • ISO 3200