for the love of trees

Posted: August 4, 2019 by Mo Crow in good books, It's Crow Time
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Ficus at Blackwattle Bay Mo 1997
I have just finished reading ‘The Overstory’ by Richard Powers, back in June Terri Windling wrote a fantastic review
inspiring, compelling, this sprawling wilderness of a book helps us shift into a biocentric world view- a life centred point of view;
“The salvation of humanity — for it’s us, not the world, who need to be saved — and our continued lease on this planet depend on our development of tree consciousness. We are here by the grace of trees and forests. They make our atmosphere, clean our water, and sustain the cycles of life that permit us. Just begin to see them. See them up close and personal. See them from far away across great distances. Notice all the million complex beautiful behaviors and forms that have always slipped right past you. Simply see, and the rest will begin to follow. Every other act of preservation depends on that first step.”
By moving into a biocentric world view where the whole planet is sentient we have to look after our beautiful broken world not exploit her!
Boab Dreaming Mo 2008
photo by Rod Morgan (aka Old Man Crow) 1991
dream on!

Comments
  1. dinahmow says:

    We still have many, many minds to convince.Not least political minds.

  2. debgorr says:

    Love your trees…and I’ll have to keep an eye out for that book.

  3. Nancy says:

    Mo~ Your artwork is amazing and the trees we need, we love…need us to live in a way that respects our interdependence. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Barry says:

    Hi MC – We just have to keep outing the message out there. It may already be too late as we don’t know what the knockoff impact will be. But at least we can say we tried to nature nature not just exploit it. Your art is a a good medium to get the message across to some. Go well. B

  5. Rene Walkin says:

    What a great post, Mo, and a good reminder to appreciate what we have-I am going to have a look at this book.

  6. Liz A says:

    I love that I was able to click into my library and place a hold for this book … I know I’m terribly biased, but libraries are such incredibly democratic institutions (as m-w.com defines it: available to the broad masses of the people) that I dare to believe they will play a role in saving the earth from darkness

  7. This is such a stunning piece of art work Mo – Boab Dreaming – wow –

    you haven’t listed any specifics, but I’m guessing drawing, with, oh my mind is blank, burnishing? it’s so rich for textures, and painting, – perhaps even a base printmaking of some sorts? anyhow – mixed media – but it looks like a million tiny stitches – the way the colours rise and fall, flow into the shapes and forms, – it’s truly stunning. Just gorgeous.

    And that most definitely sounds like a wonderful book.

    Cheers!

    (aka – wildchild47: sometimes I have to use this sign-in because WP and I get into cyber glitches)

    • Mo Crow says:

      Boab Dreaming was painted with ink, gouache, and gold leaf whilst our last rental house was being auctioned by the owners and we found this one nearly 11 years ago, it kept me almost sane!

      • it’s absolutely stunning … I can imagine that channeling your energies (worries, stresses, hopes, wishes etc.) was so much of the creative process – the fruit/result is truly …. special.

  8. grace says:

    the last…photograph…is it yours? is it possible to get a reproduction?

  9. jude says:

    i’ve been hugging all the trees over here, one by one, just talking to the ones covered in poison ivy.

  10. I can smell Autumns approach even here in this city. Nostalgia creeps in on that odor. My your exquisite painting is overwhelmingly vibrant. May we all be vibrant and conscious of our place in the pattern as the Summer wanes….in your case a different season turning.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Michelle))) spring is in the air the first blossom trees are out, the magnolias are in full flight and with the heady scent of jasmine in the air everyone is feeling frisky!

  11. deemallon says:

    I’ve been hearing about this book for a while now. And wow your trees are so incredible. Alive. Magical. Beautiful. Like, well, trees. My neighbor’s backyard is graced with a copper beech that is more than 200 years old. I see it when I cook. I see it out the window from my bed. It’s one of the best things about living in this house: my neighbor’s tree!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) it’s such a powerful book covering the history of the environmental movement and the rise of gaming technology rooted in the deep time of trees seeding hope for our beautiful broken world!

  12. Your Boab Dreaming and Rod’s photo are both very emotionally striking to me. Some of my best friends are trees! xox

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