Tree Capillaries

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Tiny, thin branches,

Splay outwards….intertwining;

Life force transporters.

 

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I was immediately entranced with this image of the black trees and the lighter background.  The silhouette effect seemed to enhance the delicateness and intricate meshing of all those tiny branches on the trees.

It reminded me of our lungs.

The two tree trunks are the bronchi.  They branch into smaller, thinner tubes called the bronchioles.  In this photo, those are the next smaller branches coming from the main trunk stems.

In lungs, the bronchioles end in air sacs called alveoli, which are covered in a mesh of tiny blood vessels…..the capillaries.

See how those smaller tree branches continue into a myriad of even tinier branches….and they appear to mesh into a splayed outward pattern.

And the thought occurred to me that as our lungs bring in life-giving air into our bodies, so do the tree’s branches that in spring and summer are covered in leaves.  Aside from the food absorbed by the roots, the leaves and branches are a tree’s other means of keeping its life force going.  The bareness of winter shows this resemblance to the blood vessels in lungs more clearly.

In my imagination I see two tree “lungs” with their capillaries.

Aren’t they beautiful?

 

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