For unusual I’m going with the flower towers from beautiful Glacier Gardens of Juneau, Alaska. These are toppled trees that are planted upside down and turned into giant hanging flower baskets.
Task of a Poet
“To hear never-heard sounds,
To see never-seen colors and shapes,
To try to understand the imperceptible
Power pervading the world;
To fly and find pure ethereal substances
That are not of matter
But of that invisible soul pervading reality.
To hear another soul and to whisper to another soul;
To be a lantern in the darkness
Or an umbrella in a stormy day;
To feel much more than know.
To be the eyes of an eagle, slope of a mountain;
To be a wave understanding the influence of the moon;
To be a tree and read the memory of the leaves;
To be an insignificant pedestrian on the streets
Of crazy cities watching, watching, and watching.
To be a smile on the face of a woman
And shine in her memory
As a moment saved without planning.”
The botanical garden in Juneau borders the Tongass National Forest which is the second largest rain forest in the world. Amazon being the largest. The unique feature of Glacier Gardens are the upside down trees. The owner was using an excavator to move rocks and toppled trees when a large boulder damaged his equipment. In frustration he picked up a tree and slammed it into the muddy ground. It stuck. Thus the idea of upside down trees was born with flowers planted in the roots.
“A view is what you see with your eyes open, a vision you can see with your eyes closed.”
– Steve Bowhay