We call this tree Mama Hazelnut. We perceive her as the grandmother of the hazelnut trees in these woods. I love her age, the wide and overarching canopy, the interwoven branches of new and young, and old and gnarled – there is such grace in the way some branches are dead and yet still contained within the branches. She is the perfect symbol of the grounding Wabi Sabi aesthetic – celebrating impermanence, asymmetry, humility, and imperfection. She is, of course, perfect, as all trees are. When I arrive in the woods, I always take a moment to say hello with a touch, a lean, a sit.
By Filipa Pereira-Stubbs; Woods Guardian
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