Monday, August 22, 2011

Monday's Nature Quote

For a great tree death comes as a gradual transformation. Its vitality ebbs slowly. Even when life has abandoned it entirely it remains a majestic thing. ... Alone among living things it retains its character and dignity after death. Plants wither; animals disintegrate. But a dead tree may be as arresting, as filled with personality, in death as it is in life. Even in its final moments, when the massive trunk lies prone and it has moldered into a ridge covered with mosses and fungi, it arrives at a fitting and noble end. It enriches and refreshes the earth. And later, as part of other green and growing things, it rises again.

--Edwin Way Teale, Dune Boy, the Early Years of a Naturalist

4 comments:

  1. Even after all the times I have photographed beautiful, dead trees I never quite thought of them this way. How they maintain their stature  and towering dignity after their life has fully ended. A stunning observation.

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  2. I never thought of that before. What a tribute.

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  3. I like how that's written!

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  4. Oh---this is just beautiful---"It enriches and refreshes the earth. And later, as part of other green and growing things, it rises again."    Mmmmmm.  Puts life and death into a rightful perspective, doesn't it?

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