The Beauty of Imperfection (Revisited)

March 12, 2008 at 11:04 pm 3 comments

Each year Americans spend billions of dollars to ensure our faces stay young and clean and acne-free.  I, myself, am a regular contributer to that industry purchasing cleansers, toners, exfoliating scrubs, and pretty much anything that is enhanced with SPF protection.  I do this in an often futile pursuit of a blemish-free face.

My standards for trees are vastly different than what I hope to see in the mirror each day.  With trees, if I passed by one that had the clean complexion I covet, I wouldn’t even give it a second glance. It’s the trees with the flaws– the tumors, the growths, the cracks, the peeling bark and deformed postures– that interest me the most.

Here’s one such tree from Dragon’s Tooth.  It was completely covered with tumors from top to bottom.  Even the tiniest of branches are riddled with growths.  This is not the Heidi Klum or Elle McPherson of trees.  This tree is suffering some kind of ailment on the caliber of J.J. Redick’s much discussed “bacne”.  But to me, it’s beautiful.

The tree’s ailment spans its entire height

Just some of the tree’s many tumors

Even the tiniest twigs sport growths


Entry filed under: Appalachian Trail, Dragon's Tooth, Elle McPherson, Heidi Klum, Hiking, J.J. Redick, tree tumor, trees.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. geekhiker  |  March 13, 2008 at 12:44 am

    Heh, now I have visions of “tree-acil” being sold at garden stores…

    You should see a redwood burl sometime; they’re growths, but they can be huge (four feet plus, but then, that’s on a 300 foot tall tree!).

  • 2. Aaron  |  March 13, 2008 at 8:44 am

    Nothing some exfoliating face wash can’t clear up!

  • 3. Katie  |  March 30, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    What a fantastic tree!


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