Bent Palm Series
Heather J. Kirk
In twenty years of living in Arizona, I had never seen a palm take a bow before. These fascinated me with how what appeared to be death completely altered their appearance, in a way, I must confess, I found incredibly beautiful. The other oddity was how the landscapers allowed them to remain this way for six months...so, I conjectured, they were not dead after all. Or perhaps nature waited for me to stop to take the pictures in their final bow before an appreciative audience, because one week later, they were gone.
In the close up views, the bent palms have an almost primordial feel to them, hovering near the ground, longing to reconnect with earth, clinging to their roots. Then, as the camera view pulls back, we see their contemporary surroundings, yet wonder if this is not how palms ought to be featured, in shimmering spotlights, finding equanimity with lamp posts and topping out with the buildings, instead of climbing out of proportion like their unnatural, irrigation-fed neighbors, towering straight and anorexic.
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