Dead-wood Foraging


In this area of Costa Rica between Volcan Barva and Poas there are forests and farms with many running streams. The fields are laden with interesting dead woods but the stream beds have the most variety. The many sorted  branches and trunks come down from afar. When an interesting piece of wood is spotted it’s drug or carried to the closest road to be picked up later in the day. There are surprisingly few pieces interesting enough to collect. But the variety of shapes and textures never cease to keep your interest. It is quite an exciting treasure hunt but it can get strenuous physically. Click on the image of the outstretched limb below. The expanded image will let you see the intricate texture of forest dead-wood. It is more interesting than sea shore drift wood in many respects.


Well-polished deadwood pieces have an interesting effect that can place us beyond the image of the physical piece of wood. It connects two very unrelated concepts in our mind. James Gleick author of The  National Bestseller book entitled  Chaos, notes that order has great beauty when placed in the midst of chaos. Take for example the trunk in the image to the left. It obviously portrays the decay of temporal life. However it is contrasted with finely polished  grains of wood. Normally we don’t connect decay with beauty. This presentation of dead-wood potentially could help our psyche grasp the deeper reality in the organic cycle of birth, sex and death.


Things such as falling leaves, growing old and personal death are all natural harmonic laws of nature. We are normally in denial of these laws. They are fearful from a temporal perspective. But they can be beautiful if viewed with wisdom which implies trust. The absolute uniqueness and beauty in the combination of a worm eaten trunk with a few simple lines of finished wood dancing in harmony, is undeniable beautiful.

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