Friday, February 09, 2007

Contortions and convolutions

Researching a tree with coiling branches on the 'net:

In Jewish and Christian mythology, a tree sits at the center of both the Heavenly and Earthly Edens.

The three superimposed pairs of branches end in volutes. Such curling branches are also encountered in other representations of the cosmic tree.

Cosmic Tree by Rabbinical School Dropouts at eMusic. MP3 album download, Avant-garde, Klezmer.

America's cosmic tree, he said, was the American elm.

The Cosmic Tree by Native American Flute Works

We are the fruits and leaves of the cosmic tree.

Bonsai at its highest level is a fine art. But fine art begins with great craft. Bonsai wiring is one of the most powerful tools to control the shape of the tree.

Need help in identifying dwarf or semi-dwarf Japanese maple?

The Medusa Tree: A Novel

Corkscrew Hazel, Corylus avellana 'Contorta'. This tree is also called "Contorted Filbert," and "Harry Lauder's Walking Stick."

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Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.
– Henry David Thoreau

Improvement makes straight roads; but the crooked roads without improvement are roads of genius.
– William Blake

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