The two first months of the year I have spent a moment daily with the pines on Skifferholmen or Liuskasaari, an island connected to Uunisaari with a jetty or breakwater, and thus accessible during the winter months. When I began I did not imagine there would be ice so I could actually have walked to Harakka Island. Well, today I would not like to walk across on the ice any longer, because there is so much water on the ice, but some people still do. Today is the last day of February, so I will finish this practice. And I have not visited the pines daily, strictly speaking, because I have spent one week in Örö in the beginning of January and another week now at the end of February. (See the blog posts “Pines on Örö Again” and “New Pines on Örö”) There I have another pine tree, the pine next door, which I visit and hold on to for a moment every day, while there. The first tree on Skifferholmen I was holding on to as well, as described in “The Pine on Skifferholmen” See the first image from January above, and the last image of January, below.
I soon discovered, however, that I missed the ‘becoming tree’ balancing exercise and switched to that with the second pine, in February. See the blog post “Another Pine on Skifferholmen” The image with the second pine from the 1 February below shows me posing next to the pine in a familiar manner,
And also in the last image of February, where the sun creates a fantastic colour display:
These visits are all part of my ongoing project Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees, which has a project blog of its own, and an archive on the Research Catalogue, called “Meetings with Remarkable and Unremarkable Trees” as well. The visits to the pines on Skifferholmen are all documented with still-images on one page in that archive, called, unsurprisingly “The Pines on Skifferholmen” You are very welcome to follow or look at any or all of them…