If the rainforest were heavier, it would look like this …
… because its rain would have found the depths of its gravity. The gravity boundary, where the molecular weight of water separates the heavy forest from the one climbing the air, looks like this …
Note the tree with wings, climbing the air without roots. Her roots are wherever she finds them. So are her branches.
Here are some of the air ladders, the vertical rivers, that make the rainforest the water world it is:
Once you get deep into these silent rivers, the view changes. You walk between rivers, without touching their shores.Hoh
How does this work? Well, these ladders of carbon climbing water tension into the sun leave spaces of air. You walk through those pieces of sky. In this context, they are the shadows of rivers. You’re not alone, though. Here are some club mosses and liquorice ferns whooping it up 20 metres off the ground…
…in the river eddies.
Eddies like this:
Just in the lighter forest, not that thick river one. Still, the rivers are lighter than the sea. If rain forests all laid on their sides, maybe they would look like this …
Sol Duc/Quillayeute River Confluence
… and rain forest lakes would be their roots.
Ozette River Leaving Ozette Lake
…and the sea …
… would be their branches, their sun …
… and their moon.
So it is in the gravity forest. It has other suns, though. Streams, for instance, that hold the sun in the darkness of the forest floor, the best place for a gravity engine:
Pools that old logs make:
Pools that leaves make…
…with green waves washing up against them in foams of light:
Kind of like this, really, but lighter …
There are all kinds of pools, in which water mixes with light on chains of carbon as they climb the tension of water up into the sky …
Ozette, Second Beach and Hoh Rain Forest
The sky, of course, is everywhere between them. They are all sky creatures. So are humans.
So are elk, who live deep in gravity’s pools.
Here in Cascadia, these gravity forests are made by the mountains.
Across the mountains, these gravity towers make a different gravity forest…
… where old seabeds are worn away by the wind and the gravity forest, lifted high by the roots of the mountains, comes up to your knees.
It’s still the gravity forest. It is still the shape the mountains take when they make themselves into air. It still has beautiful pools.
Less moon and more sun.
Still at sea, though.
Dawn, over the Commonage.
Still knotting water and gravity together.
Still the Big Bang opening. Still the earth, flowering.
Still rivers …
Still the earth.
Still the sun.