Thursday, April 16, 2009

In an open field near where I live, there stands a row of evergreens... like sentinels but what are they guarding? All about the same size and in a perfectly straight line.

I have often wanted to ask the farmer if he knows the history of these trees. I have to think that at one time, a house stood here. Nature did not plant these trees...only man would have planted them in such a straight line. Isn't this what Nasa always looks for on another planet...some remnant left behind in a geometric design? Knowing that if a geometric form is could not be a natural, random, chance occurrence. They stand on a slight knoll with nothing on either side, almost like some sort of barrier to the outside world. I posted a photo earlier of a grove of trees in an open field but they were a scattered group with no pattern, probably was part of a larger woods at one time and then cut down for farming. But these...these were put there for a purpose in another time. I know in the big picture, this is a trivial thought but still I question the reason.


Heather said...

Very interesting thoughts. It's definitely the work of man - as we're always trying to do things with order and purpose - unlike nature's brilliant organized chaos.
Would love to know who planted these.
Magnificent picture, by the way.

Dan Felstead said...

Actually "organized chaos" is a great description of nature. To us on the surface it often looks like chaos but there is a definite underlying structure to nature governed by unchangeable rules.


Lynda Lehmann said...

Life is made interesting by questions such as yours. Details add intrigue!

The photo works well with the treatment you gave it. :)

Dan Felstead said...

Thanks Lynda...actually by using the black and white version of this particular image...about the only color lost is the green of the evergreens. At the time of year it was taken, all the other colors were grays of different shades.


shabby girl said...

Do you suppose it's a windbreak of some kind? Is there a path or road next to it.
I love trees, even pictures of trees. I miss them living down here!

boneman (and his wild zinnia) said...

couple of choices, maybe more...
Boy scouts in Indiana took to planting trees all over the place for a while. Some scout masters were sharp to nature, others were sharp to "dress, right. Dress!" (army)
Then there's that whoever dropped them there didn't know that's how it would go. Dang twigs when on plants them don't actually have instructions on them.
I for one, thought to create a fence line of some of our locust trees, here. Locust is a seriously tough deciduous tree, often used for housing and fencing at the turn of the century. (that would be 1800-1900, that is.... I keep forgetting I lived through one, eh?)
Then again, what the hey. It looks like it worked, so, cool!

Dan Felstead said...

Shabbygirl and Boneman....
Two great possibilities! The idea of a windbreak would protect a house from the north wind as it blew across the fields in the Winter...the line of trees do go from east to west so the windbreak would block the northerly winds. Also I can see that many years ago, these trees were planted in a row for a future fence. Then enext time I am driving by, I will go back to the tress to see if there are any rusty staples or nails in the trunks that may have been used for a fence row at one time.