Monday, 25 October 2010

The Scream

Only twice was I thoroughly impressed by “a scream”: the first time when, at the age of ten, I saw Norwegian Edvar Munch’s painting “The Scream”, and the second time a few weeks ago, when I saw these remains of a tree trunk, which also seems to express sheer terror! Too much uncontrolled deforestation for speculating purposes is taking place, and those who allow this, will not receive any benefit from it either…in the end!


brattcat said...

Chilling discovery with your camera. Thank you for helping us see it too.

Nicole said...

A few months back I was sitting in a car on the passenger's side, waiting for a friend to run into the store. I sat there with the window down next to a group of trees which lined the street. My attention was drawn to one tree in particular. From my view point it appeared the tree was in pain, it too had a strange knot hole that was twisted as if crying out.

Maybe it was my imagination, but it felt as if the tree was truly screaming. A moment later my friend got back into the car and we pulled away from the parking lot. Only then did my vantage point change and I was able to see the whole length of the tree. It had been sheared off near the top, removed of all it's branches to make way for telephone wires.

I guess it was really in pain. Sad, but I think trees can tell you more than we all think, if we look carefully. Good eye, as always, poor tree.

Roger Gauthier said...

This photograph does indeed have a personality. And I see what you mean. Here too, we are fighting deforestation by every means - and I would say with success. It takes time, but it can be done. Forests can be harvested... as long as only a few trees are cut, as long as the forest remains (almost...) intact. I have seen incredible changes in Northern Québec, where companies no longer can act as if forests were their own to cut at whim.

There is hope, at least here.

Virginia said...

Ah, your eye is a wonderful thing.

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children." Native American

Stephen Chapman said...

Excellent image!

Diederick Wijmans said...

Thank you, Brattcat!!

Yes, Cole, if we take the time to look around us, we suddenly discover so many things that should be improved for our own sake and, especially for the sake of the future of our children and grandchildren!

I agree with you, Roger, certainly forrests can be harvested by taking out dead trees, maintaing the healthy trees in tact, and I am glad to hear that the Canadian Government takes good care of their trees!!

Very well said, Virginia!! Thanks!

Thank you too, Stephen!!

Petrea Burchard said...

It's a haunting photo, Diederick. With your blog, you create awareness.

I love your quote, Virginia.

Dina said...

A powerful and moving statement--both yours and the tree's.

Bergson said...

good glance