Into the trees

Reverb 2012: Photo. A present to yourself. Sift through all the photos of you from the past year. Choose one that best captures you; either who you are, or who you strive to be. Find the shot of you that is worth a thousand words. Share the image, who shot it, where, and what it best reveals about you.

In early April, I found myself in a tree. But not just any tree. I was in a redwood tree in the middle of Muir Woods. Our guide, Tom, offered to take photos. Seizing the moment, I handed him my iphone and he snapped away. My mouth was numb from the chilly air and my limbs felt stiff and unmoveable. But I was completely happy and it was exactly how I wanted to remember my trip to see these beautful trees. So, I lifted my arms and smiled.

Throughout my life, I've found solace from being around trees. In my dreams and in difficult times, these mysterious creatures have brought me an incredible amount of peace. In a lot of ways, I strive to be like them - grounded, rooted, soft but firm, reaching up and out with flexibility and tenderness into the air around them. So much strength and tenderness in trees.

Thinking about your year...what photo would you choose?

(thinking about trees and I can't get this song out of my head...Optimist by Zoe Keating)