tree trunk

Posted by on Oct 12, 2016 in Photos | 11 Comments

On our biking trip in the south of Moravia, we had a beautiful day. Well, first half of it was charming, the second become colder. The sun, especially when beaming low, creates all those nice shadows. While passing this tree and sunflower field behind it, I couldn’t resist and make this photograph. You almost can feel the warm from Sun and you want to touch the trunk of the tree.

(Tree trunk story extended based on Andrej’s idea:)

What you, however, do not know is the drama which is happening in this image. Once you take a good look, you will see hundreds of hidden, sun dried sunflowers. Do you remember them? In their own, crazy speed, perceived only by the tree, one could see these hungry sunflowers following the shouting tree trunk. I missed this completely. My mind encapsulated into speed natural to humans, couldn’t notice it. Especially in its own arrogance, which doesn’t allow us even think on such a possibility that tree could scream or run.

Only such a special and naturally extraterrestrial capabilities of Andrej could inspire me to look at other images. Images I took on return from this trip, seven hours later.

tree trunk

11 Comments

  1. andrej
    Wed, 12. October , 2016

    hungry sunflowers are following the shouting tree

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    • Richard Vanek
      Thu, 13. October , 2016

      Oh man, isn’t that great beginning of new story?

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      • andrej
        Thu, 13. October , 2016

        Sure it is. Sounds like The Day of the Trifids sequel.

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  2. JPH
    Fri, 14. October , 2016

    It’s like he was calling out to you to take his picture :-)

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  3. Richard Vanek
    Sat, 15. October , 2016

    I have extended and improved this story based on Andrej. Thank you for the great inspiration. And what ore in few minutes there will be sequel to it.

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    • andrej
      Sat, 15. October , 2016

      check this https://github.com/4ndrej/Hunter/
      local copy without images:

      The Hunter

      The big mother is weak now. Fading. They say she could be sick. I really don’t know. It sent us fewer beams last week. And today she have to fight with that dark cloud. I hope it will get well soon.

      The legend said this is normal. Just another cycle like thousand times before. The Legend. Only fool will trust an old legend.

      We are scared.

      [Tree trunk image]

      I was lucky today.

      That silly tree crossed the grass and wandered deep into our ground. Maybe he was looking for the food too. With so little leaves he must be starving. Maybe insane.

      He realised the threat too late. Runs really fast, but I am the fastest here. Except the wind of course.

      Screaming was useless here.

      Then came my sisters. We scattered the fool over the ground.

      [Sunflower field image]

      The tribe is quiet now. Resting. We have to wait. Within few days we will be stuffed up to the limit.

      The cold is scary.

      We have to be prepared.

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      • andrej
        Sat, 15. October , 2016

        minor updates, check the github page for latest version

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        • Richard Vanek
          Sun, 16. October , 2016

          Very interesting to combine source version control system with writing a story. Sounds as cyber punk story especially when taking GitHub into account.

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          • andrej
            Tue, 18. October , 2016

            Yeah, that technical part might be interesting, but I just used github for the thing it’s very good at – the text versioning. Also it’s nice to see how the story is developed through the time.

            I am more interested in getting some feedback about the story itself? Was it fun or pain to read?

          • Richard Vanek
            Wed, 19. October , 2016

            I though you will ask that ;-) When I read it first time, I did the mistake not to take a time. I was confused when I red it in haste. I didn’t understand. Then it reminded me one book I think you gave me in Prievidza, to read. I do not remember the exact title, it was the mother of cyber punk books. I remember how strange experience it was to read that. First confused and the completely absorbed by that strange phrasing and story.

            I had same experience when I red our piece today morning again, when I took my time and re-read it again. It is too short to get into that special mood, but it is good to get under my skin again. Thank you.

          • andrej
            Wed, 19. October , 2016

            Hello,

            1) have you read with pics (on the github) or without the pics (here on the discussion thread)? The pics are super important to make the story whole.

            2) I have no idea which book it could be. Maybe it was Kitt who was even bigger bookworm than me.

            I can only imagine it could be Robert Holdstock’s Mythago wood or his book of short stories from the same place/time – Bone forest. Both are fiction books and both have this strong atmosphere you are mentioning above.

            But this is fantasy, not cyberpunk. It’s not kind of “Sword and sorcery” fantasy of course, but it’s kind of looking to the past, not being in the future as most cyberpunk stories are.

            Maybe something from William Gibson or Neal Stephenson? I don’t know.

            3) The story is result of 3 hours work inspired by your two pics and the idea of running tree. First sketch was written on my phone while watching my little kid sleeping at the afternoon. I finished it at the evening in the room with only bedside lamp far away from me while watching the other kid sleeping.

            In fact the story is shorter that this discussion ;)

            4) I wanted it to be super short and I removed lot of text to make it minimalistic and skinny
            .
            Sort of dreamy feeling (if you know what I mean), the paragraphs flowing into mind slowly and fading slowly away.

            5) Finally I am happy you liked it. Feel free to make copy of the github page with pics and publish it here.

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