Yesterday JP and I went out into the country.
We found a good spot near the river, and JP set out his painting gear and got to work depicting the landscape from the inside out ... that's how I view his process, because he himself so much a part of this place.
After exploring the area a bit, I decided to re-organize some branches which were lying on the ground under a big tree.
First I made a circle around the base of the tree.
Then I saw that animals like to gather here and, not wanting to create encumbrances for them or myself, I moved my work off to the side.
I began with the largest branches ...
... which became progressively smaller as I worked toward the centre.
About two hours later, the deadfall circle was finished.
A satisfying job!
Stepping back, I see that there is a nice relaxed sort of communication among the tree and its re-organized deadfall. If the circle had been around the base of the tree as originally conceived, I think the whole thing may have looked overly contrived.
Response to, rather than control of the elements, that's the key for me.