Life support

 Posted by on September 7, 2014  Add comments
Sep 072014
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While walking in an Aussie rainforest I was fascinated by these buttress roots – not just because of their form but also because of their function. I got curious so did a little research and this is what I found: Buttress roots are large roots on all sides of a shallowly rooted tree. Typically, they are found in nutrient-poor rainforest soils and do not penetrate to deeper layers. They prevent the tree from falling over while also gathering more nutrients. The roots of one tree may intertwine with buttress roots from other trees and create an intricate mesh, which helps support trees surrounding it.

What a wonderful metaphor for a society of like minded people like ours.

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  8 Responses to “Life support”

  1. The roots also work together to make amazing graphical elements in superbly constructed images

  2. I agree on both counts, Bruce. And your image is also a very strong dynamic image with that oblique line of the strong buttress root.

    And your talk of support led me to view quotations for strength (of which there are many) and this one seemed to touch the right spot “We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.” ~ J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    • So very true. I was overwhelmed when I first went to Fiordland and realised that those vast forests hung onto those vertical slopes of granite only because their roots were intertwined, not because they had any soil to drive into! Forest slips occur when one tree lets go, breaking the net and then the slow process of regeneration begins. We can take some amazing lessons from nature.

  3. I’ve admired this image several times over the last few days Bruce, and agree wholeheartedly with Ian’s comment. As usual your text is thought provoking and meaningful – crafty title too!

  4. Once again you have nailed a subject which has interested me over a long time. Oh well onto something else.
    Well done and truly, thanks for raising the bar very high.

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