Monday, January 14, 2008

Rooted

Intertwined
Palm Beach, FL
December 2007 [Click to embiggen]


When most people go to the zoo, they take pictures of the animals. I'm not most people, however. I march to the beat of my own decidedly personal drum. So while I also came home from a visit to the Palm Beach Zoo with plenty of animal photos, I also filled my memory card with scenes like this one.

My aunt noticed this tree and thought I'd want to take a picture of it. She had been spotting neat scenes for me throughout our visit, and thought there was something really different about this particular tree trunk (set of tree trunks? I still have no idea.)

She was right: I see something new every time I look at this picture. I hope you do, too.

Your turn: What do you see in this? Use your imagination. You know you want to.

One more thing: I was on television today, speaking with Business News Network's Kim Parlee about the Macworld Expo that Apple is holding this week in San Francisco. I gazed into my crystal ball and saw Steve Jobs in a Speedo. It was awful.

(Kidding about the Speedo. But the TV part was real. Click here to see me in moving color.)

19 comments:

Ravvy said...

must be soooooo big you cant even see it!!! *what i'm saying is - i cant even see it... :)*

Diane Mandy said...

What a GREAT shot. I love the textures. WHen I look at it I see lots of warm embraces. Weird, huh?

kenju said...

I love (or used to) walking in the woods and looking for old trees and roots that were interesting. This one is terrific! It make me think of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings series. I love it, Carmi.

Tiel Aisha Ansari said...

I think that's a strangler fig. They're not actually parasitic, but they can eventually kill the support tree by constricting it. Sometimes the support tree rots away and leaves the strangler fig standing.

Too much love...

tommie said...

lots of arms hugging...

craziequeen said...

I see......um..... bodies wrapped together.

Most improper, but that is what I see......

cq

Jenty said...

It reminds me of those old friezes with lots of naked bodies all over each other. Strange that :)

Joan said...

It's a little like cloudwatching, isn't it? :) I see an embrace - 2 lovers, advanced in age, who still can't let go. Beautiful. :)

courtney said...

I see people intertwined.

Anna said...

This is a very interesting shot Carmi. Nice find!

Awareness said...

an orgy of writhing bodies. I think they're having a whole lot of FUN.

it does have a feel of renaissance or something to it.....friezes like jenty pointed out.

I also thought of the hobbit too.


Great photo Carmi.

Ravvy said...

okay- i see it now

Embracing limbs... thats what i think. They look like they are all spooning or hugging each other - its a comforting image. I can see that blown up rather large positioned on the wall next to a comfy couch...

looks like im not the only one who see's the hugs... : )

b13 said...

I see arms wrapped around bodies in a sprawling group embrace.

Sweetie said...

I am quite taken with tree roots and photos of tree roots myself. There is something so beautifully raw and earthy about intertwined exposed roots.

I think these roots look like people hugging one another.

Linda said...

my first thought, as soon as I saw this was, "wow, that reminds me of the background they use on "Plastic Surgery - Before and After" on Discovery Channel"....their background is bodies intertwined....and that is what this photo looks like!

Snaggle Tooth said...

This reminds me of what a level of Dantes Inferno could look like if those were writhing twisted human figures, instead of roots.

Looks like many commentors agree about the similarity to human-esk forms- but they're seeing a more positive theme...

Beautiful natural structure, my kind of scenery-

gautami tripathy said...

Ah! That is my blog name! I am so very happy.

That aside, it reminds me of lovers
entwined for eternity.

Michele sent me here to take a look at your latest post. However, I had to scroll down and this caught my eye..the title that is...

Sara said...

Hello, Carmi, Michele sent me to say I'd commented on all the posts above this one - so, I think I'll comment on this one...

I think the photo reminds me of lovers...wrapped up in each others arms...

photowannabe said...

I'm with a lot of people and see bodies intertwined.