I was in a friend’s jeep going over the open ranch spaces on the big island in the state of Hawaii, when I spotted this lonely tree. That island is a really large land mass and one can even imagine that you are not on an island. So the higher center of the island is open to ranching. That is where herds of cattle graze.
Koa trees grow there. Their finished lumber is so beautiful. It glows iridescently when a direct light shines on it and changes as you move your viewpoint.They can be quite large and stately when mature. Because of their desirability, they are protected. I have wondered if this old gentleman is also a Koa tree that just didn’t quite make it. I like to let my imagination run. I look at the section on the ground and wonder what happened. Was it the loser of a battle who lies fallen?
This scene interested me enough to make this permanent record. The combination of the wide open spaces and fog lent a lonely feeling to the place. As I look at the image again, I wonder what has passed this way.
I begin to see how the standing tree is barely hanging on. Being where it has grown, there is plentiful sun and water. So I imagine that it is truly old and nearing the end of its time. That inspired me to find the words that accompany the image. I hope you find some old things as interesting as I do.
Here’s a good idea. It’s healthful to let your imagination run wild. Well, OK, keep it from running TOO wild. An article on the benefits of daydreaming linked here, lists the following as benefits of daydreaming: enhanced memory, empathy, increased creativity and problem-solving ability. Its all good, so let yourself enjoy it.