"The Stratagems of Green Things" by Hunter Madsen

"The Stratagems of Green Things"

 
TITLE - "The Stratagems of Green Things"
WHERE - Bert Flinn Park, Port Moody , B.C. (2016)

Even in the plant world, war is hell. The slow-motion battle to commandeer light and land never ends, and is fought to the death, a war of all against all.  When it is limned in winter snow, one can see more clearly the arc of each competitor's stratagem, laid forth in shivering limbs with crisp needlework. In this particular moment of fresh snowfall, the shape of their struggle - almost an arabesque - emerges as something exquisite. Chaos, too, is a kind of pristine.