Then, in a magnificently simple and easeful exchange, this golden light is mixed with water, carbon and nutrients from the soil.
From this sylvan alchemy, we are blessed with sugar, oxygen and the trees themselves.
This process produces no waste, no pollution and the energies involved are perfectly balanced, with the only by-products being the air that we breathe and the beauty of the trees.
As I sit with this alder, we establish a connection as I expire carbon, which she converts to oxygen, which in turn I inspire deep into my lungs.
These gasses are then passed along the ramifying network of veins that grace her leaves and my flesh, catalysing all of our life forces.
This is just one of the ways in which the trees and I dance together within this, the ecology of our lives.
Between us, from where I sit, there is no boundary, just a fluid space of interspecific mutualism where nothing needs asking in the unconditional reality of the natural world.
Photo: Alder leaves along the Rio Almodovar. Courtesy of the author.