Standing beneath the large imposing oak in Donnerville Spinney one frosty morning, it suddenly occurred to me, or maybe it was the tree that whispered in my ear, this is alchemy. This magnificent spirit, I realised, is turning base metals into gold,
not literally of course. She (I like to think of her as a mother, corny I know) is sucking in our discarded carbon dioxide and water and by some miracle transforming them into sugar and breath. I could not think of anything more representative of a bodhisattva,
one who works for others until all attain enlightenment, and she will be doing this day in day out for hundreds of years to come.
Stay too long in the shade of a great tree, between root & leaf, and if you are not careful the green drug will slowly
suck you in. In some far off time and place, when the world was still black and white, a kerfuffle took place and a muddle of carbon atoms conspired to form a web (this is as close as I can get to a scientific explanation). At the centre of that web they captured
and held hostage a magnesium atom, chlorophyll, and the greening of the planet could finally begin.
The large oak in Donnerville Spinney represents the apex of the greening; it is a great example of what a plant can become under perfect growing conditions.
The canopy is an inverted satellite dish tilted towards the southern sky. The structure, trunk, branch, stem & leaf are optimised for the efficient collection of sunlight and water and that’s not to consider what is going on under the ground.