In a recent TED talk forest ecologist Suzanne Simard explained the science that shows that forests are not mere collections of trees but living, interacting networks of plants and fungi. With its nodes, hubs and interconnections, this network indeed has a lot of similarity with the Internet and thus the term “Wood Wide Web” has been coined for it. The research further shows, that through this network, trees support their offspring, share resources or communicate dangers and insect attacks.
You might wonder, what this has to do with photography. Well, for me learning about the Wood Wide Web a couple of years ago was one of these defining moments when the view of something familiar changes in profound ways. These are true watershed moments in our lives, where darkness in our understanding is suddenly lit up by insight. While in darkness we couldn’t imagine that there is light and once our mind lit up we can’t go back or even imagine our darkness-worldview anymore. The genie out of the bottle can’t be put back.(more…)