1977409196_b100946833Correct us if we’re wrong, but nothing screams summertime like communing with a really fantastic tree. Not your cup of tea? Well, you’re lame, for starters; but what if we throw a little nudity in the mix?

It’s definitely Jack Gescheidt’s idea of a good time, if the TreeSpirit Project is any indication. Although the Bay Area photographer is probably less motivated by seasonal factors than political ones, his message is universally compelling, whether you’re a shameless hippie or simply well acquainted with your inner kid. Gescheidt’s works emphasize the beauty of nature and the relationship between humans and trees; the mission of TreeSpirit holds that:

If we cherish Earth’s myriad living organisms, even perceive all life as one organism we are a part of, we can alleviate tremendous and needless suffering, rekindling in our hearts a reverence for the interconnectedness of all living creatures and the feelings of joy and wonder this realization brings.

Kumbaya, say we. And if you agree that this project sounds like the bee’s knees, you can volunteer this Sunday from 5-8 pm and make some tree magic of your own. You know you wanna.

Image Source: wanderinghome under Creative Commons
Live! Nude! Trees! [SFist]

“Naked people” always shows up on the top 25 hot keywords for the Clog. But what about naked tree people?

Last week we mentioned photog Jack Gescheidt continuing his quest to destroy all things sexy and even ruin what little street cred the tree people ever had.

Sure, naked may be beautiful, but is this really the way to bring sexy back?

The correct answer is no. C’mon, you know you’re in trouble when even Zachary RunningWolf thinks this “protest” is half-baked.

Image Source: Julie Strack, Daily Cal
Full Exposure at Oak Grove Photo Shoot [Daily Cal]
Earlier: Jack Gescheidt to Stage Another Naked Orgy

The university’s idea of fencing in and the tree people’s idea of taking nude pictures each seem to need double-takes to be effective up at the at the Nuclear-Free-Vegan-Save-the-Trees Zone lately. Some have actually been entertaining.

Like last time, we were still asleep while construction crews pounded away at campus property/purported native burial ground to erect Fence No. 2. We suppose it cuts down on the potential for more violent tree-sitting like that of our copy-catting hippies in Santa Cruz, but the Clog has a different theory.

We’re convinced that working early is a university strategy referencing “South Park’s” “Grey Dawn,” in which the townspeople can’t fight the early morning tendencies of their enemy, the elderly.

But in this case, there’s no Country Kitchen Buffet to lock from the inside for ultimate victory– only the average 25 feet distance theoretically designed to facilitate voluntary tree people evacuation.

Because, for all you English and rhetoric majors out there, Zachary RunningWolf’s battle cry for “Some of our warriors … to have to go to jail” connotes that peaceful-minded attitude the university is expecting now that UCPD can (still legally) give the boot to the protesters.

Image Source: Skyler Reid, Daily Cal
UCPD Erects Second Fence [Daily Cal]
Save the Memorial Oak Grove [Web site]

Photographer Jack Gescheidt made headlines in March when he organized a nude photo shoot of pale, hippie bodies strewn listlessly across the Memorial Stadium oak grove. It was all a part of his TreeSpirit Project–a photography series with the basic mission of saving trees everywhere. Gescheidt used March’s oak grove photo, titled “Last Stand,” to raise awareness for the Save the Oaks campaign. The money, on the other hand, went mostly to him–10% goes to his non-profit partners.

Well, it’s been more than a few months already, and Gescheidt’s $50 oak grove photograph didn’t do much good for the oak grove, considering last Monday’s ruling. So what does Gescheidt do? He organizes another photo shoot via Craigslist! The Clog has tentatively titled it “Last Stand (For Real This Time),” and if you’re interested in participating or watching, the nakedness commences at 8 a.m. this Saturday. Compared to the March event, Gescheidt says this one will have more “dramatic effect” thanks to the recently implemented “manmade barrier,” also known as the chain-link fence. We would pompously muse at such an ingeniously artistic juxtaposition, but the Clog is made up of neither hippies nor art history majors. Gescheidt’s Craigslist ad states:

You’ll be naked for only 5-10 min. — and excitement and adrenaline usually distracts from your feeling chilled.

Yeah, so does the overpowering stench of patchouli and the tingly sensation of fire ants crawling up your legs. He continues the ad with an explanation of why this second shoot is necessary:

A complex court case with multiple lawsuits has been presented, and a Berkeley judge’s decision is pending and will be delivered in the next 2-8 weeks. The case will likely be appealed by either side and the community’s will is still relevant and important.

And while it is still “relevant” and “important,” we presume that he would like to milk as much publicity and cash as possible. Gescheidt ends by saying:

Our goal is to highlight the beauty, power and value of these trees before it’s too late.

Yeah, this much free publicity doesn’t come around too often. We gotta hand it to the guy for his smart public relations skills. After all, once the trees get cut down, we expect his photo prices to skyrocket like beanie babies–as will his autograph.

11/10: TreeSpirit photo event: spare Berkeley Memorial Oak Grove, Sat. Nov 10 (berkeley) [Craigslist]
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