Love labour lost is a metaphore of the love of a parent and child that are too close. The Beech Myrtle sends up shoots to replace the main trunk when it falls but here in seeking the light of the valley the child shoot moves too close to the main trunk and does not seek it's own space. Then the leaf litter and mosses gather at the points of closeness and begin to rott away both trunks. When this tree falls both will fall together and there will be no tree to inherit the space in the canopy. This is an Oil painting painted on site in 1999. 800mmx1200mm
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Photo taken in Yarra Ranges National Park, Reefton VIC 3799, Australia
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