Trees express their longevity in their breadth, height, and trajectory, making visible their enviable lifespan. The parallel ambitions of nature and humanity are embodied by this growth: born of seed, life begins with an immediate defiance of origin and gravity toward a single trajectory—upward. Humankind’s natural drive is a rising path toward fulfillment, and the fundamental goal of many beliefs and religions likewise lies above. Found within the landscape of British Columbia; the ladder rung as a means of ascent, captured in various states of dereliction and ruin, becomes an expression of the ephemeral, temporal, and transcendental. In this sense, “All Born of Earth Have a Common Direction” leads us to a chronological and existential threshold where nature and humanity coalesce into one.