Reaching for the Sun

The suburban neighborhood of Furudate is, for the most part, a crowd of houses without yards, but here and there in what first appear to be empty lots you can see apple orchards.

You can also find apple orchards in the mountains in spaces carved out of the forests. The uncut trees become walls and along with the organization of the orchard create a contrast between the natural forests and the human made groves.

Forests are shaped by competition, plants and trees growing towards sunlight, doing their best to procreate. The apple orchards are different because of the advantage apple trees enjoy. They exist purely because farmers plant and protect them.

You see this kind of organization in rice fields and vineyards as well, straight lines you don’t see in nature and a sparse variety of life.

Yet the apple trees resist. They try to mix with the forest, try to grow beyond the orchard. Trim and shape them, and they grow out. In the end they become not a forest of one but a line of individuals reaching for the sun.