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​日本画家・大和絵師 伊東正次の襖絵・屏風絵

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Wisteria

This wisteria tree is in Ooguno, Hinodemachi, Tokyo. The wild wisteria tree has grown to hold oak and cedar trees in the middle. Being clamped and squeezed by its branches, the trunk of those trees twined looks painful.
That is how the wisteria vines and flowers grow up to the top taking away sunlight from the trees they are holding on to.

While sitting and sketching for half a day, I noticed that dozens of wild wisteria vines wrapped around different trees and were growing upward. I too felt some fear of being surrounded by single species.

I hope you can feel the contrast between the beauty of the flowers and greediness of parasitizing life of wisteria.

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