The living room window is covered with a curtain of green vines at this time of year. I feel like I am looking out into the world from the shelter of a forest cover of green. The layers of Boston Ivy leaves insulate the house from the outdoor heat during these summer months. Later in the autumn, they’ll turn a brilliant red.
To humans, the green wood element refreshes the spirit in springtime and provides food in the summer and fall. It represents growth and life, attracting and nurturing living creatures within its environment.
If I keep a green bough in my heart,
the singing bird will come.
~ Chinese proverb
This montage of images from our scavenger hunt shows how beautiful wood is in all its stages of growth and decay: from young seedling or shoot, to leaf and fruit laden bush or tree, to aged tree stump and driftwood found along the seashore. It can be pliable but also sturdy. The wood element thrives with water, is harmed by metal, destroyed by fire and draws its strength from the earth.
Montage images were taken from the Midsummer’s Scavenger Hunt.