Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Fairy Rings and other such indulgences
Also referred to as a Family Circle, these tree formations occur when a redwood starts sprouting new trees, a method of asexual reproduction. When the central "parent" tree dies and eventually rots away, the only indication that it ever existed is a ring of giant redwoods, empty in the center.
I could easily get carried away in the symbolism of such a phenomenon - parents leaving behind a strong circle of children, interconnected by the source of their existence (perhaps in some families the only thing they have in common, but a strong binding nevertheless), providing support and shelter to each other.
My husband is not what most people might think of as a romantic. Perhaps it's because of his pragmatic skepticism that moments of starry-eyed romance are rare. Yet from early on, certain aspects of nature have resonated with us as symbols of our family and relationship. I consider botanical symbolism our guilty indulgence, bordering on romantic. Because of his easy-going, no-nonsense way of going about life, I particularly enjoy coming across another bit of symbolism with him.
And so I used ink and watercolor to document this most recent discovery.
As if the term Fairy Ring wasn't reason enough.