Saw this and liked it. The tree is still standing but there's not too much else nearby. That's one strong tree...
When we drive through rural regions in this part of the country, I often observe how the trees have weathered. It's not unusual to spot a huge, lone oak or two standing in a farmers field. Sometimes there's a crack down the middle where lightning has hit.
Winter in Wisconsin brings its own tree hazards. When ice storms roll in, "the accumulation of ice can increase the weight of the tree by more than 30 times. This leads to extra stress on areas with decay, cracks, broken bark and broken branches." In the spring we always find broken branches lying in our yard.
We have an old tree in the back and I was thinking about when it should be removed because it is really damaged. But then I remember how much fun my kids had climbing the "monkey island tree". It will stand another year.
On trees from Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn:
"…Perhaps that ancient trinity of Truth, Goodness and Beauty is not simply an empty, faded formula as we thought in the days of our self-confident, materialistic youth? If the tops of these three trees converge, as the scholars maintained, but the too blatant, too direct stems of Truth and Goodness are crushed, cut down, not allowed through – then perhaps the fantastic, unpredictable, unexpected stems of Beauty will push through and soar TO THAT VERY SAME PLACE, and in so doing will fulfill the work of all three?" Nobel Prize in Literature, 1970.
Peter I. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 (“Winter Dreams”)
His brother said he worked harder on it than on any of his other creations. The composer himself judged that it “has more substance and is better than any of my other more mature works.” Though some may disagree with Tchaikovsky that his First Symphony surpasses the achievement of the Sixth, the opera Eugene Onegin, or the great ballets, it indeed deserves to rank with his more famous Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, the Violin Concerto, and the First Piano Concerto. The symphony’s first notes vividly conjure in the listener’s mind “Dreams of a Winter’s Journey,” the first movement’s subtitle. The second movement, “Land of Desolation, Land of Mists,” is sublime, heartbreaking and haunting.
"A tree in its fullness".
A leaf in the wind.
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