The Light Within
As I processed this image, I realized what I was doing…anthropomorphism. I was creating a tribute to someone close to me who recently died. She was my mentor for 14 years in my practice and helped train me to become caring toward those who were disadvantaged. The poorer and more “broken”, the more she bonded with the patient or family. Of course I admired this trait and sought to do likewise. She was very strong, such as this tree growing out of a rock face, yet strong and steadfast through seasons of storms and high winds. While prickly at times, she shone with a light that was unmistakable to those who knew her well. I could go on about further similarities and traits, but regardless, I am grateful for the gift photography and creative expression. We can learn so much about ourselves and there is joy in sharing this gift with others.
Anthropomorphism is when we attach human traits to non-human entities. For those of us who love nature, especially trees, it can be easy and even enjoyable to anthropomorphize trees as having traits of humans. Anthropomorphism is prevalent and can be very helpful in other ways, such as promoting care for our environment. We do this with our pets, and even name storms such as hurricanes after people.
#singletree - 12 days ago