clever trees

‘City trees are great. They coat their own leaves with stuff that means that every time it rains any pollution that's gathered on them just slides off. Even those spindly young trees, they'd see themselves through the winter fine.

The thing about trees is that they know what to do. When a leaf loses its color, it's not because its time is up and it's dying, it's because the tree is taking back into itself the nutrients the leaf's been holding in reserve for it, out there on the twig, and why leaves change color in autumn is because the tree is preparing for winter, it's filling itself with its own stored health so it can withstand the season. Then, clever tree, it literally pushes the used leaf off with the growth that's coming behind it. But because that growth has to protect itself through winter too, the tree fills the little wound in its branch or twig where the leaf was with a protective corky stuff that seals it against cold and bacteria. Otherwise every leaf lost would be an open wound on a tree and a single tree would be covered in thousands of little wounds.’ (p. 102)

Uit Artful van Ali Smith.

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    1. ik raad je aan Ali Smith te lezen, i like her a lot.

    2. En ook dit boek heb ik besteld. Je blog spekt mijn boekenkast, al een paar jaren ondertussen.