One square inch

One square foot

The cedar stands strong —
a sculpted specimen
under the sun.
Its giant tendons strain,
fibers flex, shadowy
gestalts cast over
insects —
I am an ant
in the audience,
eyes affixed 
to one square
inch of its torso,
stumbling
speechless.

About tyler4turtles

I am an avid photographer, poet, ecologist, bookworm, blogger, art enthusiast and runner who calls Montana home but lives in Oregon.
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25 Responses to One square inch

  1. Gallivanta says:

    Incredible root system. Does make one feel like an ant!

    • Yes it does, my friend! We are seeing but one fragment of the picture through our frame of mind. One cannot take in the enormity of a tree by simply glancing at its torso. I hope you have a wonderful week 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  2. Rachel Urista says:

    Gorgeous photo AND words!

    • Thank you, Rachel! Your kind words are much appreciated. Keep up the inspired work on your paintings…they are one of a kind and I admire your talent. I minored in Art History/Criticism in college and took numerous art classes in high school, but haven’t drawn or painted in awhile. Maybe I got burned out and wanted to try my hand at something new. Poetry and photography are another form of artistic expression, so I’m still using my right brain! If you ever need help setting up art shows/exhibits, please let me know. Also, are you open to collaboration? Just thought I’d ask. Enjoy the beautiful fall colors and sunshine in Corvallis this week 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

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    • Excellent photographs and post, my friend! And thank you for the mention! It was my pleasure to help. I would also like to thank my neighbor, Gen Weber, for reviewing and editing this fungi post. She is actually teaching a course on fungi at Oregon State University, so it would seem this was a serendipitous moment.
      Cheers,
      Tyler 🙂

  4. Love the perspective and how you make us all ants looking at the giant. Great idea!

  5. “I am an an in the audience”…wow, that line was so unpredictable to me. Love this! 🙂

  6. Of course I meant “ant”…I think I got too excited about the perspective of an ant exploring this beautiful tree.

  7. rjl2727 says:

    this reminds me of a photo i have, but can’t put my hands on right now of a large cedar on the main street in st. francisville, louisiana that is slowly being split by an oak tree that has grown up right through the center of the cedar. think i’ll have to run down there and take another photo before it falls apart. i’ve also had the good fortune to see the great cedars of lebanon mentioned in the bible. several thousand years old – majestic.

  8. gabbartrip says:

    Beautiful thought! Regards.

  9. creative soul says:

    Beautiful Tyler; so enjoyed this. 🙂
    Thank you.

  10. Gorgeous! The tree and the poetree 🙂

    • Thank you kindly, Melanie! I haven’t seen you on WordPress or Twitter for awhile. You must be staying very busy. Hopefully, you are in good health & haven’t caught a cold. I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend, my friend! Happy Holidays and may 2014 bring many blessings unto you & yours 🙂
      Cheers,
      Tyler

  11. Such appropriate humility. Nature does have it over us–hands down–and all puns intended. Lovely use of: gestalt. 🙂

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