Trees Growing Through Obstacles (Like Us)

Our friend Cara De Silva sent us a link to images of trees growing through concrete, with these words.

…I was startled and grateful when I looked at these beautiful and inspiring photographs.

But not only for the usual reasons. For months now I have been seeing such trees as a metaphor, have been thinking of my embattled-yet-always-persevering self as this kind of tree, always pushing up and out from the concrete, from the New York sidewalks, as though a human version of these determined, no-matter-what, denizens of our city

We TOTALLY “get” what Cara wrote and feel the same way ourselves. In fact, we’ve been exchanging photos of trees growing through boulders, concrete, walls, pianos with a number of friends because we admire and take comfort in their fortitude.  We thought these images from our friend Fast Forward illustrate Cara’s words wonderfully (and first hand). They are not only in New York, like the one in a Harlem park, above, but all over the world…

…upstate New York…

Fast Forward

Fast Forward

…through a wall in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico…

Fast Forward

Fast Forward

…around a fallen tree in Costa Rica…

Fast Forward

Fast Forward

…We can’t help adding to Cara’s metaphor…of encompassing and growing a big spirit as we grow…

Jeffrey Allen Price

Jeffrey Allen Price

….And then, there’s the piano tree:

Fast Forward

Fast Forward

Want more tree inspiration? Check out these images from Cara’s original link.

9 Responses to Trees Growing Through Obstacles (Like Us)

  1. Brian 08.07.2014 at 8:44am #

    Love this. Here’s a photo essay with a similar take: https://bmcnely.exposure.co/subtle-reclamations

  2. Cara De Silva 08.07.2014 at 9:42am #

    Beautiful, dear Sally, and thank you for taking it even beyond with the words and images you added to those I sent. My heart is full. My mInd and spirt dancing. All of me engaged. Cara

  3. Sally 08.07.2014 at 12:30pm #

    Really great. Than you!

  4. Janet 08.07.2014 at 8:16pm #

    And what I love even more is the irony in Cara De Silva’s name…all 3 words are directly from Latin..translated either ‘The dear one is from the forest’ or simply ‘From the dear forest’ !!!

  5. Sally 08.09.2014 at 10:52am #

    Wow, I never thought of that…I’d say it’s totally apt.

  6. Sarah 08.21.2014 at 3:03pm #

    I love images like this, of plants growing in what one would think would be impossible places.
    They always remind me of the one line I remember from Jurassic Park: “Life will find a way.”

  7. Ann 09.12.2014 at 9:47am #

    Here’s another great tree/rock photo. http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/todaysphoto.html

  8. Sally 09.14.2014 at 3:25pm #

    Thanks SO much. The link you gave is for the general photo of the day. We found the image of your valiant tree HERE.

  9. Ann 09.17.2014 at 9:31am #

    You’re welcome. “My Valiant Tree” I like that phrase. It would make a good book title. Too bad I don’t enjoy writing.

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