|||

Appreciating Trees

I came across an article in The New Yorker that prognosticates how Greenland would change as the global warming progresses and causes the years old ice sheets to melt. While it touches on many serious topics such as the race for mining for minerals and tensions with Denmark, this passage caught my attention:

Today, Greenland has fifty-six thousand residents, twelve thousand Internet connections, fifty farms, and, by American standards, no trees. (The native dwarf willows top out at about a foot.) One Greenlander I met, who’d recently left the island for the first time to attend a meeting in upstate New York, told me that his favorite part of the trip had been the noise of the wind sighing through the leaves.

I love that sound,” he said. Shoosh, shoosh.”

I realised the other day that since reading this article, I’ve been growing more appreciative of the sound trees make when their branches sway in the wind. With summer in Amsterdam at its peak, and the trees in the park covered in fresh leaves, they also make for a subject I find very calming to shoot - especially when it rains:

Up next Seville - Day 2 Summer 2017 in Amsterdam…
Latest posts London Redux London Autumn Light A personal history of video games A very warm July Day Calendar as a plot device The tiled façades of Porto Two Hong Kong trips seventeen years apart 2017: My year in music Man and machine The photos in the corridor Spoke too soon? Summer is over Zippers My top three favourite movies Summer 2017 in Amsterdam… Appreciating Trees Seville - Day 2 Rainbow over Brouwersgracht Phone cameras and depth of field Seville - Day 1 Spring Blue skies and teapots Kaleidoscopic Dutch houses Warped A little mixed up On global warming 2016: My year in music My Dangal Review Autumn colours in Amsterdam Bergen’s Funicular