Posts Tagged ‘trees’

Winter felled

Marked in summer, demise foretold; Cut down at last, in a season cold

No more shade upon my walk; no more place for birds to talk

A part of the street for 20 years; Passed away with no shed tears

Nothing planted in their place to grow; Nothing to improve the barren show

It takes years and years to grow a tree; Who will see it, I fear ….. not me



Death Marks

I had first seen the signs, but forgot them.


I had passed by the signs on my walks a couple of times, and didn’t pay any attention to them.


And then it hit me.  Death marks.  The trees that graced my walk path were going to be removed.

By paint on the trunk, and marks on the road, the tree is marked for removal.

tree           road

It is, undoubtedly, due to the Emerald Ash Borer.  We’ve lost a lot of trees in the region, and in Columbia, from the pest.  I understand the need to remove them, although the change in the view of my path will be sad to see.  It was right beside the first tree in the first picture that I saw my first (and only) in-person pileated woodpecker.

I suspect my only real compliant with the process is wondering, since it has likely been known for a couple of years that the trees would eventually have to go, why new ones weren’t planted sooner, to give them a little time to grow, to give them a little shade.

It does make me more attuned to the issue of biological diversity.  For history has shown the effects of a dependency on a particular species, whether it is the potato, the elm, or the ash.  And perhaps it should be considered when we think about the other crops of corn, wheat, rice, bananas.  How dependent are we on a single sources, which can be susceptible to a particular disease….or biological weapon.

For now, I know I will have a tree-less promenade next spring and summer, and a significant change in my shade.


Bored to Death

A lot isn’t observed in winter.  I don’t get out as much or observe as much as I do in spring and summer.  So while I expected there to be changes once I was able to go out and walk regularly, I was still surprised.  It took a while to notice, since it didn’t become truly obvious until now that the trees finally blossoming into full foliage.

A lot of trees died during this past season.  Some have been cut down, leaving a large white flat plate that was their trunk base.  Others still stand, but have clearly passed, no longer able to bud and grow.  I finally, on  day, noticed that there were a lot of one type, which seemed to be popular along the streetscapes.

Ash trees.

Bored to death

By the emerald ash borer.


I wonder if history is going to repeat itself.  I know that the elm was ravaged by disease, leaving quote a hole in the natural canopy.  I don’t really remember elm trees.  When they were most going through their publicity cycle, I was in the south.  There, my mind seems only to remember the pines, bald cypress, and magnolia.  I wonder if the ash is destined to go that route too, to disappear from our natural collective .  To be a species threatened, much like the elm was, to become known more as a street name than an actual tree.

Time will tell.  I hope they replant something along the roads where these trees have been