Theme: objects hanging in trees or trees otherwise adorned.
At the skateboard park in town there’s a tree hung with sneakers in memory of, and to pay tribute to, a lad who died… while skateboarding or not is not clear. But the tree, heavy with sports shoes shouts a certain kind of respect.
There’s the dressing with ornaments of woodland trees in winter.
And just recently I met a man who is stooped and walks with a cane, but it’s like he doesn’t notice these minor impediments, who has a giant something or other tree in his backyard, from whose enormous (and very high) branches he’s suspended a variety of odd birdhouses from ropes on clips, which he removes and cleans annually, and stores over winter. All of which requires a ladder moved about a dozen times. All begun, he told me, when his brother came to visit many moons ago, from Belfast, bringing as a gift a birdhouse in the design of some historical Irish landmark, possibly a lighthouse, I’ve forgotten because as he spoke the details were less important to me than the animation and passion of the telling. He said he thought it was a stupid gift. And then he didn’t. Once he hung it and birds nested there he was hooked. He put out food. And now his yard is a bird sanctuary with feeders and twenty or thirty hanging-from-a-giant-tree birdhouses, most of them occupied, he said in the midst of much feathered to-ing and fro-ing.
A poet in Winnipeg adorns city trees with poems.
I’ve seen a collection of wind chimes in trees, and masks, and a woman who taught me how to work with cement had a few trees hung with glass bottles, dark blue ones and white frosted ones and strings of fairy lights. I didn’t ask why she hung the bottles. They were beautiful. The answer seemed obvious.
There are easter egg trees, and trees on which you tie little flags containing hopes and dreams, ,the clootie wells of Scotland, and in Kamouraska a few years ago I saw my first tree wrapped (so not technically hung) with knitting, which I’ve since seen many more versions of.
All of which makes me wonder why trees? What is our thing with them? Feels wonderfully druid, this veneration of nature and all its magic. And then I think… don’t question it, just embrace the lucky fact there seems to be a lingering, primitive something in our dna… when we’ve lost so much else.
Other (not always) wordless friends:
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so dreamy and truly wonderful. You always know how to make my day.
Thank you, Matilda.
I too love things hanging in trees Carin, and this is such a lovely example. And the story of the man and the birdhouses. Enchanting.
That man WAS enchanting. He truly loved his birds. And he never meant to… resisted that initial birdhouse! Ah, people, eh? Stories…
I’m thinking it must be near Lake Ontario and these are buoys that have washed up on the shore?
No, it’s PEI. (We never get this many buoys washed up on shore here. And because not a fishing/maritime culture, I don’t suppose anyone collects them either…)
Beautiful post, Carin.
Aw, thank you, Leslie…