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Published June 10th 2020
Tree watching costs nothing but time
Over the COVID-19 isolation period, I had a lot of time to sit out in my backyard and watch a variety of birds flying from tree to tree in the nature strip behind my home. During this time, I came to wonder why some trees are straight and others a tangled mess of branches going everywhere and nowhere. From there I started to notice trees anywhere I drove; some branches reminding me of ballerinas or cheerleaders and some even giving hearts to nature.
At school, we learnt through biology that trees grow tall towards the sun for energy and that their leaves play a large part in producing carbon dioxide gas. This gas ultimately creates sugar, which is the tree's food. In this process, trees make the oxygen that we need to breathe.
To answer my own question on why tree branches grow in certain directions, my research led me to understand that this is so the tree leaves can receive more valuable light. Trees will even lean towards the sun for more light. I have noticed this happen with a Jade bush that was positioned in a corner outside of the house, where suddenly all the branches were growing towards another direction.
You may also see tree branches growing downwards. The reason for this is gravity. At any stage of growth, a branch can be affected by storms and wind, so to counteract this and its stability against other trees, branches grow crookedly as a survival strategy. As the trees grow older, they cast out wide branches to catch the light of the sun.
Below are some photographs of trees that have caught my sight for their peculiarity or beauty.
This is one of my favourite trees on the way to work; bare yet beautiful.
Trees, one of my favourite subjects. I seem almost obsessed by needing to connect with them. Love your words, and your natural connection with these magnificent structures that seem to tell their own stories..