January 2, 2008

Determination

Original photo by Jeff Englund
This image, looking up through the knotted branches of a disfigured tree, was taken along the Cape Horn Loop Trail in the Columbia River Gorge.

The foliage that adorns its base is ragged and sparse. Dry lifeless twigs are interspersed with more verdant leaves, clinging to life. Moss hangs thickly tugging at the branches and fungus saps its massive trunk.

Still the tree persists. It stands upright and suggests the form of arms reaching for the sky, determined to grasp the light and persevere.

1 comment:

Nancy Calcutt Studio said...

Hi Lisa,

Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog about my "Upright Bass Player".
I like your blog and especially like your tree series. You write very good descriptions of your work.

It was a pleasure meeting you when you visited Paducah this spring.

Nancy