In the center of the vortex of energy that exists outside my window is a tree. It is a crepe myrtle that, in the growing season looks similar to this example…
The one here though is set away from this home by about 20 feet. And beneath it sits a bird bath. Not the bird bath it was many years ago when it was less aged. The actual bath part has broken off and is now plays its cosmic role by serving as a platter for seed at Ristorante Birdville.
Version 3.8 of the bird bath uses a recycled plastic base from a department store shopping basket as its bowl.
As the wisdom of nature would have it the purple color of the base seems to have emerged from a Dow Chemical lab that was working in a chromatic concert with the colors of the flowers on the crepe myrtle, seen in this picture in contrast with a butterfly.
I honor the Tree of Life today because it symbolizes one of the central truths of our existence – the inseparable interdependence between the many “things”, organic and otherwise, which creates expression of artistic perfection that graces our world.
In other word, diversity.
The constant refilling of the bird bath created an constant supply of spilled water that the roots of the tree drank.
The many birds that daily visit the Tree bring their appetite not only for seed, but for small bugs. many of these bugs are harmful to the Tree.
The abundance of bright purple flowers almost all year around attracts butterflies and bees as well. They keep the flowers blooming in a seeming endless cycle of love and romance and birth.
Even the woodpecker merely inspects the Tree. He chooses not to peck on it. Though he will clean his bill on the tree. (In the previous sentence I am glad it’s called a bill and not a pecker).
Diversity provides the nutrition for healing.
This is a little branch on the Tree of Life.
Update: 1/20/11 8:47 PM
“Biodiversity is not just about some plants. It is about the very web of life and about how ecosystems work. Biodiversity is the very foundation of an economy that is perennial,”
– Vandana Shiva
“The developed countries are designing what they call green economy which is essentially a bio-mass economy and are putting it as a model. Countries like India should articulate with vigour our own biodiversity to protect our ecosystem and knowledge system,” she said.
Shiva said economy, democracy and cultural diversity of a country was dependent on biodiversity. Since the introduction of liberalisation in the nineties, 2,50,000 farmers had committed suicide in the country, she said.
Farmers are being forced to buy genetically-engineered seeds and pesticides, Shiva said, adding, “The combination means indebtedness, which leads to suicide. It is the result of a twisted way of thinking about both nature and economy.”
Shiva said a “toxic culture” was leading to “total destruction” of the ecosystem in the country. In Punjab, the number of cancer patients was going up with the increase in the use of pesticides in farms, she said.