Have you ever heard of the Jack Pine? You probably have seen one somewhere if you live in North America. Odd question right? Well stay with me here okay?
In school I got ‘stuck’ doing a project on Pine Trees. Oh yes…how exciting right? Actually once I got into doing a little research I found out that these trees are pretty freakin
amazing. One, in particular, fascinated me. Yes, yes…I was fascinated by a tree. Honest..stay with me and you’ll understand.
The Jack Pine.
This tree defies the norms. It is a tough guy too. In fact, sometimes I thought this tree was kind of awesome in how it just sort of said ‘screw it, I’m following my own path thanks.’
Sound like anyone you know? *grin*
Let’s start with some cool facts. The Jack Pine can grow in rocky and sandy places..tough places for a plant of any kind to grow. It just hunkers down and spreads its roots where it can. Later on in life, the mature trees often end up with things like blueberry bushes because they freakin change the soil to be more acidic and beneficial. It doesn’t wait for optimal conditions to start growing…it starts with what it has and works to make it even better.
Wow…sounds like we could learn a thing or two here right? Start with what you have, change what you can when you can. Practice patience and lo and behold you’ve got some yummy blueberries and the world around you is better. Nice.
You know what else? They don’t often grow straight and tall. They grow to suit the area they are in. Often growing crooked as they look for the sun and defy the winds.
Part of their simple beauty is the fact that they are not perfect and that they have their own life and character. This is why sonnets have been written about them and why so many people love to paint them. Their imperfection is what makes them so pleasing and interesting.
Get that? People love to see them, talk about them and enjoy them because they are not perfect. Awesome.
One of the coolest things (and this is what got me thinking about them again) is how they reproduce. Their pine cones, which hold the seeds are serotinous. That means they need heat (fire) to open and spread. (I remember in my report thinking that this is just like the freakin phoenix of legend; so cool!) This means they not only like to be unusual but have found a way to make a devastating wildfire work for them. Talk about finding opportunity right?
The Jack Pine grows to any shape that suits the light, suits the winds and suits itself. ~Milton Acorn
Imagine. A tree that follows it’s own path. That’s so inspiring to me because that is what I strive to do in my own life. Just try to tell me you aren’t able to follow your own path now! 🙂
The Jack Pine is a bit of symbol for me since I found all this out. In fact, in high school art class we had to design our own coat of arms for a project. Guess what I included. My own symbol of rebirth, strength and independence. Yup, the Jack Pine.
Do you find it odd that I have a tree for inspiration? lol I do and I love it!
What do you use to find inspiration? The ones that remind you of who you are when you start feeling a bit stuck or lost?