"It is a curious fact that all the very old Sequoias have lost their heads by lightning."
~John Muir publications.newberry.org/k12maps/module_09/images/sequoia_and_general.pdf
Love one someone madly. Lose your head to find it.
I saw clear-cuts of the Pacific Northwest in person for the first time in 1998. I knew then that to call for cutting the forest like that, a man must be severed from himself. Surely, I am familiar with the cost of my own severance.
The giant sequoia featured in this film was cut in 1853 and the wind was the one that laid giant sequoia to the ground. Sequoia’s existence blew the minds of weary men who worked with long augers, drilling holes then sawing through the body until the severing was complete. It took a strong crew more than three weeks to make the full cut. The bottom was used for a dance floor, and the trunk, which remained alive with plenty of water for several years, was used as a bowling lane and bar. The bark was shipped East to be offered at a small price per view.
Read the fully story of this giant sequoia in Paul Hawken's book 'Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement In the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming' blessedunrest.com/
For background on 'Wildfire: a love story' please see 'Busted Open' beginning at 44:50 here: bit.ly/BstdOpn
Also see Mother Lode at Dark Mountain blog: dark-mountain.net/blog/mother-lode/
For spatial context, most of the images in Wildfire: a love story are of me in grief ritual with Grandfather Tree, commonly known as 'Discovery Tree' cut in 1853. The images of me and standing sequoia were captured not far from Grandfather Tree along a path that invites visitors to explore the rest of the North Grove of Calaveras Big Trees State Park.
Directed and edited by Megan Hollingsworth and Frank A. Fuller Jr.
Images © 2013 Jack Gescheidt at JackPhoto.com
WILDFIRE poem written by Megan Hollingsworth.
'Without You', Written by Eddie Vedder, published by eV songs unlimited (ASCAP) and used by permission. All rights reserved.