Weekly Photo Challenge: DISTORT, 2

This wonderful twisted pine tree was in the garden of my friend’s parents in Shimane-ken, the province of Shimane up north above Osaka, close to to the Japan Sea. If I say it was a bonsai, you’re liable to think it was six inches high. It was not; it was closer to six feet, but it was a beautiful product of the bonsai technique. Its distortion was more appealing than another tree’s straightness, and was an agreeable parable for those of us with less-than-perfect features or figure.

Alas, I say “was,” because a few years after I had returned from Japan, there was a severe typhoon which took the tree down and even shifted the house in whose garden it stood almost a foot off its foundation. Another parable perhaps, one less agreeable.

But it lives on still in the very large photograph that hangs on my living room wall, and perhaps more vividly, in my memory.

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22 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: DISTORT, 2

  1. jfb57 says:

    What a great shot! So many textures in there!

  2. aren’t trees just the most amazing life form!

  3. suitablefish says:

    what a great tree and image of nature’s beautiful distortions.

  4. Ahh…Very lovely indeed! 🙂

  5. pix & kardz says:

    What a fabulous tree. Sorry to learn about its demise but the lesson it gave during its lifetime is a point well-taken. It’s about living each moment and not waiting until everything is perfect before doing so.

  6. Stef says:

    Life can be distorted in so many ways – some planned (like the tree), and others unplanned (like tsunami or typhoon). Good reminders in all.

  7. A six foot bonsai tree?! Uhm – would that qualify as an oxymoron? I’m a bit of a moron when it comes to identifying the oxymoronic. 🙂

    • Touch2Touch says:

      I was obviously so subtle in phrasing it — the bonsai technique, not a bonsai— that it leaves itself open to be an oxymoron after all!
      Unless, given all the new products on the market, nowadays an oxymoron means a really clean dumb person. 😉

  8. the see beauty anywhere – what a gift!

    • Touch2Touch says:

      This makes me think of a favorite quote from Marcel Proust: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”
      Seeing beauty anywhere is somehow related to that, to the new eyes —-

  9. xties says:

    Distorted? … why, it’s perfectly natural – simply being itself. Thanks for the scrumptious feast of colour and texture.

    • Touch2Touch says:

      And thanks for the kind words! I’m glad you liked it. I have a big blowup on the wall in the living room and always find it refreshing. But I’m not sure it’s as “natural” as it seems. It was definitely rigorously shaped during its growing years. A parable?????

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