I can’t help but reflect on this verse when I seen this scene on Duffins Creek, just south of Whitevale, Ontario.
“They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
The image of this tree, rooted firmly to the shore, like a hand clenched and holding on, has always fascinated me, to the point where I have seen it in dreams.
Though the leaves are not always green, like in the referenced verse, it is still very much alive and anchored, drawing life-giving water from the stream that flows at its roots. It certainly has no fear of drought, as the cool waters run abundantly throughout the year.
This tree is, however, not without its challenges. It is located at a bend in the stream, which is prone to ice build up in the spring, and it has the scars to prove it, yet it hangs on, leaning tenuously over the creek, gripping the shore. I imagine it would take some force to move this tree from its moorings. It’s also not a picture of perfection or symmetry, by any means, with random gnarly branches shooting out here and there. Yet, there is still some wonderful strength here.
I was very pleased to have been able to capture the image in such a way as I believe captures the essence of the scene, and conveys how I see it, which is always my goal. Welcome to my world.
iPhone 5S @ 4.2 mm
1/120 sec, @ f/2.2, ISO 64