How Birds See Them

I don't mind the branches blocking my view of the volleyball court

My first trip to the Bell Tower -- trees below me!

Throughout the vast majority of hisotry, humans have always looked up. It was not until the prevalence of airplanes and skyscrapers when we started to view the world from an entirely different angle. Birds, however, have had this view for millions of years. At any given time, they can stretch out wings and soar above us all. They are the rulers of the air kingdom, a role humans can never possess. In these pictures, I try to mimic the views that the crows get when they fly around Central Campus. The pictures were placed in the order of my familiarity of the places: Mary Markley Hall, Undergraduate Science Building, Bell Tower. In all three pictures, you can immediately see how the ubiquitous lines of the branches contrast with the distinct lines of their surroundings. In the Markley picture, the lines of the branches overlap the absolute dimensions of the volleyball court and net. It is as if nature will always have its advantage over man. The USB picture contains circular lines, from the group of friends socializing in a circle to the spherical lights that line the walkway. On my first trip inside the Bell Tower, I got a great view of  the Alumni Building, along with the numerous trees that surrounding it. Once again, the branches overlap the perfectly straight manmade roads. Even though the buildings around campus are beautifully designed, you really begin to appreciate the “raw” lines Mother Nature gave trees.

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A Boy Amongst Men

A leafless, helpless tree on the Hill

While sauntering back to my dorm in the warm breeze, I noticed the change of atmosphere around the university. People were wearing shorts and donning sunglasses for the first time in months. The birds were chirping and the Michigan-sized squirrels were rejuvented after their winter hibernation. Unfortunately for this little tree, the world is still the same. He is overshadowed by the majestic evergreen nearby, a situation the little tree is probably accustomed to by now . The evergreen’s sturdy trunk and its eternal verdant appearance disparage the skinny and frail stature of the little tree. In addition, the other trees in the area also are skyscrapers, trying to touch that cloud above. Honestly, whether the little tree has a conscience or not, you have to feel bad for it. Hopefully, better days lie ahead, when one day he will be the tallest tree in A2. But for now, the little tree must must be thinking, “I can’t wait to grow up!”