Crown shyness is a phenomenon observed in clusters of the same tree species in which the crowns of fully stocked trees do not touch each other, forming a canopy with river-like gaps. It's believed to be an adaptive response to avoid branches colliding, pests spreading and minimising the harmful effects of competition.
This comic was inspired by what happened and changed around me during the first six months when the Covid-19 pandemic started. As Spring arrived in Berlin and castaway the gloomy winter, the trees and plants flourished and bloomed abundantly more than ever, adorning every corner with vibrant colours and lushness. This beautiful sight provided hope and solace to me during the lockdown and the new normal of social distancing, which reminded me of the Crown Shyness phenomenon among trees.
The comic tried to capture the moment of realising that growing and living fully while avoiding harm has always been a natural part of life.
樹冠羞避 (Crown Shyness) 是樹種在森林中共生下所產生的適應性行為，