The dignified, bearded spirit facing right looks like an old grandpa who is just barely tolerating all that squirrel’s youthful energy!
There are many spirit images in this London Plane Tree. This is a city tree species and they are quite good at creating multiple images on their personal canvas (their bark). These “canvases” can become complex, as seen here in this mature tree.
The sculpted, living-energy elder is facing right. Protecting his back is his familiar – a bird-energy spirit being with a pointed beak. Between these two stern protectors rest, facing us, two gentler energies. A pensive face, formed of parts of each of the stern beings, faces us. Below this trio rests a gentle image of a lady with long hair.
London Plane Trees are a hybrid of the Oriental plane and the American sycamore 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. New York City has thousands lining its older streets and parks. Many have very visible personalities, as these friendly trees enjoy identifying with the life forms around them.
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