august 3, 2018

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“Don’t put a period where God put a comma.” ~ Unknown

Grandfather Oak (Snapseed)

 

My giant oak is dead. It has been in distress for several years, and despite preventive measures, he is most definitely dead. I’ve gotten several estimates for his removal. They range from 2k to 4,500k. With prices like that I think I picked the wrong line of work. Even without the exorbitant costs staring me in the face I have hesitated to have him removed because I love him. I love him and the birds love him. He has stood sentry over my kingdom since long before it was mine and I just hate to see him go. He is, after all, the tree with a face. 

may 31, 2017

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“Here is the secret of inspiration: Tell yourself that thousands and tens of thousands of people, not very intelligent and certainly no more intelligent than the rest of us, have mastered problems as difficult as those that now baffle you.” ~ William Feather

 

kingdom sentry (snapseed)

 

The weather the past two days has been perfect, inviting me to enjoy my backyard nearly into dark. Each day I’ve admired my dying oak. It hurts my heart to watch it die, knowing I’ll be forced to have it removed soon. It’s been in decline for several years, but this spring it’s death is apparent. The oaks in my neighborhood suffer from disease, and I’ve watched one mighty oak after another succumb to the chainsaw over the last ten years. I’m putting it off as long as I can because he overlooks the grounds, provides gloaming quarters for many birds, and practice for a couple of woodpeckers. Plus, I love him. I will hang on to him as long as I safely can, and I’ll admire his beauty every day.

 

golden hour (snapseed)

april 21, 2015

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“I believe much trouble would be saved if we opened our hearts more.”
~ Chief Dan George

 

in the trees
in the trees

 

The trail to the office is elevated from the parking structure. It crosses four lanes of Limestone before descending at low grade to the ground. Along the way it winds through tall oaks, presenting a view of the trees only birds and squirrels usually see. These baby oak leaves look so different up close than they do from the ground. They won’t stay like this for long, and I’m not entirely sure why I hadn’t noticed them before this spring. They look like velvety eucalyptus. I want to touch them, but they seem delicate, as if they would turn to ash and disintegrate into the breeze. Spring is such a time of renewal. I always enjoy it, and I always discover something new.

may 20, 2013

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“It’s a hard enough life to be livin,
Why walk when you can fly?” ~ Mary Chapin Carpenter

face it
face it

I’ve had a fantastic day. Everyone has been so kind to me, with thoughtful things to say, and smiles aplenty, unlike the face in my oak tree. He always has a frown, maybe because he’s diseased. I hate to have him removed. He’s so big and beautiful, and offers shelter to many squirrels and birds, and valuable shade for my neighbor’s fruit trees. He reminds me a little of Sylvester Stallone a la Rocky. I wish he was as happy as me.