How do branches know where to grow? This is the question that puzzled me one day as I observed a tree in my backyard.
It is a river birch tree set in the corner near the house. There are three trunks, two that grow straight and tall, but this one came close to the roof and as it grew it shifted. It continued to shift until it passed the corner of the roof, then it continued on its straight and narrow path. It never touched the house with the trunk. How did it know to be slightly out of reach of the roof? Why didn’t it grow and hit the roof?
This got me to looking as I walked along my usual road.
Why did this trunk all of a sudden bend to the right, there was not a single thing around it. Why did it do this?
Like a snake it slithered up from the trunk. It found its way around this object from man. It continued to wind and creep its way to the top of the pole. How did it know that it could grow all around and continue?
Branches reach out to hug some unseen presence while the trunk of its neighbor zigzags its way, creating a dance as it moves up.
A friend sent me a photo of a tree she walks by. She said this tree is navigating life as it twists and turns. How does it know when to twist?