Sketch of apple tree as rabbit food

Last week, the hungry rabbits in our neighborhood girdled our little apple tree. I sketched it and am thinking of making a print, in honor of the life of the tree and as a way to meditate on the relationship I have with some elements of nature (such as rabbits) as pests or competitors for the same resources. I am wondering whether or not to include an image of a rabbit in the print as well, or at least some scat. And how to show the difference in what the rabbits and I see? I see an apple tree that we planted in hopes of years of fruit, now strangled without hope of coming to life again this spring. The rabbits, hungry and cold, saw a few calories hidden in the inner bark, and did not think of the past or future life of the tree or the meaning and value it had to nearby humans.

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