Monday, January 09, 2006

The Choreography Tree

Yesterday, I went for a walk in the park and happened across this interesting tree. This is not really much of a park. It's actually just the obligatory greenspace, walkway that builders have to put in to meet zoning bylaws when they build a subdivision. It's a great subdivision. Wonderful homes, clean, safe - immaculate, actually. But there is not much in the way of scenery.
However, this one old, twisted oak tree did stand out to me. It looked to me like it was dancing. In fact, it looked rather like it was a composite of a number of people dancing. In fact, it reminded me of a specific dance. There is a scene in the movie White Christmas, where Danny Kaye is dressed in black with a black beret, and surrounded by all these women are dressed in black with pony tails, and they all look like beatniks from the early 50's and the song is called "Choreography". It bemoans the fact that no one just dances anymore, but instead everyone is "doing choreography". They move from place to place on the stage and strike composite poses, and this tree, with its jutting branches twisted around each other and reaching out with strange twisted artistic grace - looks like one of those poses. You can almost see the individual bodies of the people in the branches.


At 1/09/2006 6:49 PM, Blogger Ptelea said...

Beautiful tree. You know you can get hooked into looking at trees in winter. I am actually thinking how I will miss seeing these shapes when they are in full leaf!


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