While the world has focused its attention on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, there’s another student movement gaining steam on the other side of the world.
The unfolding protests gripping Mexico began in the small town of Iguala, in the southwest region of Guerrero state, where the disappearance of 43 student teachers on the night of Sept. 26 has sparked outrage amid allegations of collaboration between local police and organized crime.
Circus Tree: Six individual sycamore trees were shaped, bent, and braided to form this.
how the hell do you bend and braid a tree
Actually pretty easy. Trees don’t reject tissue from other trees in the same family. You bend the tree to another tree when it is a sapling, scrape off the bark on both trees where they touch, add some damp sphagnum moss around them to keep everything slightly moist and bind them together.
Then wait a few years- The trees will have grown together.
You can use a similar technique to graft a lemon branch or a lime branch or even both- onto an orange tree and have one tree that has all three fruits.
As a biologist I can clearly state that plants are fucking weird and you should probably be slightly afraid of them.
On that note! At the university (UBC) located in town, the Agriculture students were told by their teacher that a tree flipped upside down would die. So they took an excavator and flipped the tree upside down. And it’s still growing. But the branches are now the roots, and the roots are now these super gnarly looking branches. Be afraid.
But Vi, how can you mention that and NOT post a picture? D:
I am both amazed and horrified of nature as we all should be
17 women, several tents, waterfalls, bacon, a campfire, rain, snow, mud, muck, a small run in with the forest law.
It was a hell of a trip, and I met some truly fascinating and inspiring women. Some like the generous and awesome Lauren from handcraftedinvirginia & the driven and beautiful Joy from morningslikethese who I’ve known for years, then others like the open hearted and enthusiastic Emma of emcalaryphotography, the hilarious and talented Kelly of kellyelainesmith, the kind and spectacular Rebecca of A Daily Something, the stunner & all star Chaucee of Streets & Stripes and so many more. Each and every one of them a fantastic woman.
Huge thanks to unitedbyblue for bringing us together into the Pennsylvania mountains and having us all #camplikealady.
(Huge thanks Em, Kelly & Rebecca for snapping the photos of me cooking!)