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Central Park KingLondon Plane Trees are quite good at creating multiple images on their personal canvas (their bark). These “canvases” can become quite complex. 

London Plane Trees are a hybrid maple that was first popularized, in England, in the 1660s. They are excellent city trees, able to withstand drought, heavy pruning to configure to city demands – and yet offering back excellent pollution control. They have beautiful mottled bark on a thick trunk and they provide wonderful shade in the summer. Some large cities in Europe and the U.S.A. have stands or alleys of these trees.

I personally love photographing them, for they are trees of great character. The walkways in New York City’s Central Park are lined with them. They are good-natured trees, with a good sense of humor, and like many city dwellers they enjoy company. It’s fun to visit with one of these trees – to come into resonance with it, and to gradually merge into its world. Here’s a fine specimen, right, who has delighted himself by sculpting many images/subtle frequencies into his existence.

It’s fun to walk around a tree like this, and to enjoy its many subtle and sophisticated images. While the tree is working with solid bark, he is still supple enough to be giving the eye to the squirrel who had been scrambling all about him for some time!

The sophistication of their limited canvas

Girl with red beret by Picasso

Girl with Red Beret by Picasso (photo courtesy of art.com)

Having a limited canvas, as the London Plane Trees develop their personalities, they gradually grow very subtle images that have merged parts. The resulting complexity becomes highly artistic. The closest similarity in our human world might be the works of Picasso, during the period in which he was breaking with perspective. Here’s a Picasso painting showing his “breakthrough” style.

And here are two images of the tree, with the various images the tree spirit has drawn graphed out for you.






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