Hollow Beauty

November 4, 2018.  From summer’s week on the mountain above Cloudcroft NM, this image keeps returning to my thoughts.  A picture of destruction, yet incredibly beautiful in its hues and textures.  Perhaps perceived destruction is merely acceleration of a natural transition.

This tree became my place of meditation,  pulling my thoughts into its cylindrical hull, resembling more and more a castle tower for forest spirits.

The image is a collage – the tiny flower magnified.




11 thoughts on “Hollow Beauty

    1. Thanks, VJ – magnetism is a good tag for that tree.
      We go up on a mountain near Cloudcroft NM in the Lincoln National Forest … primitive …no water, no electricity … for the annual Gathering Of Circles ,,, usually about 100 people. Altitude is 9000 ft, so not hot. Solar panels recharge our batteries, although some years there isn’t that much sunshine. It’s named Cloudcroft for good reason! But drop down a few thousand feet and you’re in Alamagordo, White Sands – HOT in the summer but beautiful at dawn and sunset. And that’s the closest access to a real grocery store.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, indeed fascinating. It won’t last – my encounter timing was sheer luck. I sat in the rain with this tree, unable to walk away. Tactile connection, holding a chip in my hand – powerful.

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  1. Gorgeous, Jazz! This is the picture of how death gives. It reminds me of a short and powerful book written by a Catholic priest and mystic named Henri Nouwen, on the idea of “dying well. I believe it was called, Our Greatest Gift.

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    1. Thank you – Nouwen’s “dying well”, yes: tree providing food to various insects providing food to various predators. Spiritual food for the likes of me. Death (of tree) preceded me – I was sitting with the corpse, observing its return to the elements. Something we don’t do (in this country) with a human corpse.

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    1. Thank you, Tom – I felt blessed to stumble upon it. I have no clue how long this tree will stay standing – when it does crash, only wildflowers and perhaps small creatures will be disturbed. Near a house would be very worrisome!


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