Cottonwood just west of the Laramie River, Wyoming, USA.
|My tree on Google Earth (click image to view). The Laramie River flows north through Laramie and continues on to join the North Platte, Platte, Missouri, Mississippi and finally the Gulf of Mexico.|
Lucy recently pointed out that “Although you may not be conscious of it, what you hear when you visit a tree will influence how you relate to it. Trees inspire emotions and emotions are inspired by sound as much as by sight.” Here’s video and audio of her tree, a pine.
Inspired, I read through the movie section in the camera manual and walked to the river to film the cottonwood I’m following. The first try was a bit rough.
It appears the tree hasn't changed much since my post last month. It’s still bare of leaves and flowers, but has lots of buds that are waiting, waiting, waiting -- until? To find out, we have to wait as well.
I was passed by a group of young men all wearing the same kind of shoes and various kinds of camouflage and khaki clothing. They walked briskly, intently. I wandered around. I found a good vantage point and shot another movie. The soundtrack was provided by a light breeze from the west carrying the hum of semi-trucks on Interstate 80. You can see the steady stream of trucks. I often think of I-80 as a main artery, with trucks as red blood cells carrying life-sustaining goods across the USA. [Well, not really. They mainly carry objects of desire.]
I crossed the river for a closer look at the tree. That’s when I saw it. There was something new after all ...
... a beat-up plastic grocery bag caught on a branch, not unusual in windy Wyoming.
When I turned to go home, the sun was starting to peek over cottonwoods and clouds on the east side of the river, creating curious rainbow-colored lights. So I stayed awhile longer. You might be surprised by what you find when you follow trees ... you might want to give it a try.
Consider following a tree!