Below are some images of branches. My current trajectory of research into ideas of metacommunicative states, language, and gesture has suggested to me an interesting metaphor for written language – dead branches. As in, the written word is to language what a dead branch is to a tree. There is also a reference to the body, in the tree limbs as stand-ins for body parts; body parts again which make the gestures from which language comes.
I also really like how the technique used here renders the branches in a soft, fleshy manner.