Friday, 8 January 2010
The Tree Circle of Life
The Tree Circle of Life is to be found at the top of the hill known as Himmelstraße in Vienna.
The German word Himmel can mean both sky and heaven. Let Himmelstraße be a road leading to Heaven then. Today it was a pure and heavenly place. And I had it all to myself.
There are 40 trees in the heavenly circle - 36 around the perimeter and 4 in the centre. The various trees represent the passing of time and the 4 seasons of the year. Today the scene was blanketed with snow and when I was there more snow was falling.
I laid a trail of running-shoe footprints around the circle of trees and paused by my own tree - a fir.
Two trees had recently been taken away for their own protection - the olive tree and the fig. These will reappear when the weather improves. And so, in reality, there were just 38 trees to visit in the Tree Circle of Life today.