DETRITUS (excerpt)


A walk through the forest in summer reveals that the ‘ground’ is not really a coherent surface at all but a more or less impenetrable mass of tangled undergrowth, leaf litter and detritus, mosses and lichens, stones and boulders, split by cracks and crevasses, threaded by tree roots.
Roots ‘walk’, as humans and other animals do. Both plants and people, we could say, ‘issue forth’ along lines of growth, and both exist as the sum of their trails.Putting together all the trails of all the different beings that have inhabited a place– human, animal and plant, ordinary and extraordinary – the result would be a dense mass of intersecting pathways.

Text adaptation form “The perception of the environment’’ by Tim Ingold