I often run for mental downtime and stress-relief. On a recent run, I found one of my favorite trees blown over. This tree grew in a cemetery with broad branches and roots consuming the neighboring headstones. This red oak had brought me so much joy. Before I could get to the stump, the park had cleared it and left me wondering what the rings of this old tree were like. I think of yearly growth as a function of rain, sun, temperatures, age, and probably so much beyond my comprehension.
What are the independent variables in the functions for our own growth?
I played with code for a little to make tree rings in contemplation.
What would our rings look like this year?
Can a tough year result in a lot of growth?
What makes us sturdy?
If you want to play, below is the result. Click to change the rings, which are randomized. I enjoyed playing with how much variation each ring had along with the color pallet.
This code was tinkered with a bit more and made some really fun visuals here.