WHAT IS FOREST THERAPY?
As you already know, nature is the main inspiration for my art. My love for trees has recently taken me to delve into “Forest Therapy”. This is the practice of spending time in forested areas with the purpose of enhancing physical and mental health as well as joy. By focusing on the present moment, opening our communication with the forests, landscapes, mountains, and waters that we explore, we not only connect with nature but with ourselves.
Did you know that there are three trillion trees on our planet which exceed the number of stars in the Milky Way? There is a Secret World of Trees on Earth. They are connected to each other through underground fungal networks. Not only do they share water and nutrients through the networks but they also communicate. In fact, scientists are starting to uncover that trees have their own “nervous system” that is able to promote tree communication, memory, and learning. Through this “wood wide web” trees can warn their neighbors about an invasive predator, a major disturbance such as deforestation, or inhibit the growth of invasive plant species.
So, it’s no surprise that my fascination with trees has translated into my photography. “Tree of Love” is one of my latest releases that has already found new homes. These are trees covered in a rusty-red color algae that grows in very few places on earth, mainly on Cypress trees, and thrive along the coast in pristine air.
P.S. Have you seen “Fantastic Fungi” on Netflix? It’s a documentary that takes you inside the magical, mysterious, and medicinal world of mushrooms, which are also part of the same network as trees. It’s a must-see!
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“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels in the deepest sense about what is being photographed.”- Ansel Adams.