To Scale

This is part of a daily writing project in conjunction with photographer Sarah Tesar. For every day of May 2017 I will be writing a short piece inspired by Sarah’s daily photos as posted on her Instagram feed.

Photo © 2017 Sarah Tesar

Don’t you wish you could just shrink yourself down? From the right distance, from the right angle and lighting, some plants and flowers look like trees. Their offshoots and pedals so bunched-up as to create a tree-like canopy of branches and leaves. And not even small trees, but miniaturized ones. Like a scale photograph.

Or a small world growing quietly at the floor of a big one. Beneath the shade of one massive tree may lay a veritable forest of others, barely a foot high compared to the stories-tall one above.

It’s the theory of a whole universe within a grain of sand. It’s the soul-swallowing sense of ant-like perspective when you imagine that, as self-centred as humans are, there may be some enormous other species out there that could send our planet flying like a marble with a flick of a finger.

When these things are considered – or better yet marvelled at – it’s not so easy to step on even a plant. After all, you may be crushing someone’s whole world.

© 2017 Andrew Hall Writes


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