constellations of croatia

We traveled from the coast to the mountains of Croatia. On the drive we saw signs of the Croat-Bosniak war from the early 90’s. The history was shockingly evident in the present. Hundreds of bullet holes, like constellations sprayed on the front and sides of homes. Still fresh as the day they were made on the houses where families currently live. I felt this dichotomy on the land. Where war had deformed the land and where piercing light blue water had carved out a beautiful landscape of streams and waterfalls. I see the land is stoically resilient.

For some reason as I drove through this conflicted land I thought of the African acacia tree and it’s ability to protect. The tree creates a poisonous chemical when it detects an “assault.” When this happens the tree will warn it’s nearby neighbors, other acacia trees, of predators, and in turn they will start making their own poison. The poison is made in the leaves and released by a gas, which drifts out of their pores toward bordering trees. These trees have a commitment to help their neighbor. Why would a tree do that? I know  it’s evolution, will human kind evolve from violence to peace? Can we instinctively want to help our neighbor not harm them? I’ve got the Barcelona attacks on my mind too and I feel that there is more to life than your own kind. I hope I can learn from the trees and care for whatever community I am in.

    

 

2 Comments
  • Sarah Ferguson
    Posted at 19:36h, 21 August Reply

    I’ve been following your journey since the beginning. I am curious….
    Your still photography and videos are stunning. Do you have a crew that helps you, or do you two make and edit them?

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 19:40h, 21 August Reply

      Thank you! We do all of the video, pictures, and editing ourselves 🙂 My husband does all the video editing and has some skills for sure!

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