This 2018 painting, with its frontal perspective and the painter’s choice to omit the power lines, evokes these giant living trees sharing space with human habitations, as well as with each other in what appears to be a relationship akin to our interest in the challenge of dropping a ball through a hoop.

Richard Powers’ new novel Overstory cites a long list of aboreal behaviors shared with humans. According to one review, “They breathe, eat, have sex, give gifts, communicate, learn, remember and record the important events in their lives ...”

Can trees play? Does Yeats’ “great rooted blossomer” take pleasure in its dance?