There is a point at which the tree or shrub decides to split – when it feels it has grown enough to support itself in the addition of new branches; when it feels it could benefit from further growth.
In the case of this perennial, the extension could be said to equal in measure the one that bore it; to the point where there is enough support for it in turn to bear another.
And on it goes.
These decisions occur daily in our own gardens;
In the parks and woods in which we take refuge.
There is no fuss.
But oftentimes, it is not until we raise the blinds in winter that we notice what has occurred beneath the foliage. That the visible proof – the benefit – of instinctive choice is uncloaked, and we wonder if we might take a leaf from nature’s book.
By Emma Hynes
This image and story are part of a project I have devised called There Are No Fixed Stars, my creative response to living with COVID-19 restrictions. On 22 October 2020, Ireland’s highest level of protective measures was invoked nationwide for a period of six weeks. Starting on that date, and continuing for the duration, I plan to capture a new image each day, and write a piece inspired by it. You’ll find links below to all pieces published so far. The only restrictions are that I take the photograph and write the text within this timeframe. To receive these daily posts to your inbox, you can subscribe by hitting the follow button to the right, and entering your email address. They will also be posted to my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook profiles; I may even read a selection on my YouTube channel. You can follow or subscribe to any of those at the links below. In a time when variety, stimulation and spontaneity are inhibited, my hope is that anyone who chooses to view or read these pieces might feel that they can travel while standing still, and that they might find something new in the today with the promise of more tomorrow.
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There Are No Fixed Stars
Day One – A Creative Response to Now
Day Two – Suspension
Day Three – From the Perspective of the Dahlia
Day Four – The Writer at Dawn
Day Five – Beneath the Viaduct
Day Six – Nature’s Book