Monday, March 14, 2011

The Invisible Tree

Beside a busy road, an invisible tree. A tree so coated in dust, it blended into the grey landscape. In all these years, I never once saw it. Till I couldn't find a vacant space and was forced to park in front of it.

It was a peepul growing on a banyan. Aerial roots entwined around a gnarled trunk in firm lines; lines worthy of a Bernini. A religious postcard providing the only splash of colour in the monochromatic hues. I could not have enough of it.

Will we ever know how many other Wonders are waiting to be discovered?
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L. Diane Wolfe said...

We will when we stop and actually look!

Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - Really beautiful 'photo! And I think that sense of wonder - of being on the lookout for new things and rejoicing when we find them - is too often lost as we become adults. Little children are constantly discovering those hidden beauties. We can learn from them. And you.

Ann said...

Blinded by the familiar. We need to take a moment sometimes to look around us with discerning eyes to notice All the beauty surrounding us. I am guilty of this as charged! Wonderful photo.

kmckendry said...

Isn't nature amazing!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

You noticed, Rayna!

LTM said...

love this. Makes me want to grab the hose and spray it off... :D xoxo <3

Jemi Fraser said...

Makes me wonder what me really don't see every day of our lives!

Mary Vaughn said...

This reminds me of those Hidden Objects picture kids have. There are so many things hidden until we look, really look.

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Diane- the worst is when people go on a holiday, and still don't see! Or maybe I am just being judgemental.

@ Margot - thank you for the lovely words, Margot. I do think there is beauty and wonder all around- in trees, in words, in people- for some strange reason people choose not to see it, and then they wonder why their life is so grey.
You are one person who's never lost that- if you had, would you ever be able to get as much from books as you actually do?

@ Ann - there is so much beauty, and wonder, isn't there? I must have passed that tree about a 100 times, but never even saw it.

@ kmckendry- it is. The most amazing thing there is- except kids, that is.

@ Alex- eventually! And I am sure all of you would have too.

@ Leigh - it is rather dusty, isn't it?

@ Jemi- absolutely. There must be so many more wonders out there, waiting to be discovered.

@ Mary - those are really fun projects, aren't they?


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