The Bending Tree

There is a pine tree that grows out of a knoll in a small park along the waterfront where I live. Every time I see it, I do a double take, staring curiously at it. I wonder how it came to be…leaning cock-eyed to one side. What forces of nature made it suddenly start to grow aslant? It seems to have a slight bulge on one side close to the ground. Is it an old injury? A mishap of nature?

Staring at the bending tree, I can’t help but compare it to my own human anatomy. I see two outstretched arms, a long spine, and perhaps a hindquarter bending over as if  reaching for something. Or perhaps I am in the process of catching myself in a fall as I walk down the hill.

The bending tree also reminds me of a aged person, an old man or woman with a hump on their back or a severe curvature of the spine. What a tremendous burden! Imagine the forces the bending tree endures just to maintain its current posture given its current position on the little, grassy knoll.

Strange, these malformations in nature. What do you see?

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A long time resident of Washington State, located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA. I am retired and enjoy regional travel, exploring all the wondrous, natural settings that the Pacific Northwest has to offer. If you get a chance, visit my Northwestphotos Zazzle store, http://www.zazzle.com/northwestphotos.
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6 Responses to The Bending Tree

  1. Love this photo, a tree with a difference – lovely!

  2. Pat Cegan says:

    Joyous dancer, body flung back ready to kick and spin with the joy of life. Hugs, pat

  3. Sartenada says:

    How special shot. I have seen something like this somewhere, but not so aslant.

    Happy week-end!

  4. becca givens says:

    As you know from your visit — I love the contributions trees make to our lives – both physically and spiritually. Each a unique character in the visual tapestry — each with their own story and their own mission on this plane. Thank you for sharing ~~

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