April inspiration: Talking trees


 

I read in a recent @countrylivinguk magazine article that trees in ancient woodlands support each other. If one of them gets diseased or damaged the surrounding trees connect with it through their roots to give it water and nutrients. The woodland is acting like a macro organism because together the trees protect each other and are more likely to survive. But it only happens in the ancient woodlands where trees have had time to bond. Such a beautiful and mysterious action and sentiment. Something to inspire your Friday! . #FridayFeeling #moodygrams #mistyfoggymilkymoody #forest #nature #momentsofmine #amomentintime #liveauthentic #littlestoriesofmylife #seeksimplicity #momentslikethese #exploretocreate #livelittlethings #seekmoments #thequietwinter #exploremore #freestylecreativeliving #theartofslowliving #stillswithstories #gatherandcurate #findtheminimal #untoldvisuals #momentsofmine #thegentlemanifesto #alifeofintention #aslowmovement #thisismykingdom #thesimpleeveryday #flashesofdelight

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Deeper understanding confers that most precious thing - wonder.”

- Professor Brian Cox

A while ago, back in the bleak midst of winter, I uploaded this photo to Instagram referencing a Country Living Magazine article I'd read about how trees in ancient woodlands support each other.

A couple of my Instagram followers, Kriss MacDonald and Laura, saw the post and told me about a wonderful TED talk by ecologist Suzanne Simard. It has completely changed how I look at woodlands. Instead of a cluster of individual trees, they are a community supporting each other through their roots. They are alive underground, whispering to each other with nutrients and hormones. As I walk through the forest, I wonder what the trees are saying to each other, what I can learn from them about living with nature.

Ever since watching it I have been inspired to create a range of cards and notebooks celebrating that trees talk to each other underground. I have already started playing around with watercolours and a straw to blow the paint around on the page in an organic way that mimics tree roots. What do you think?

Tree roots experiment

What's inspired you recently? Let me know in the comments. 


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