On my walk one recent morning I noticed a huge area roped off in the 'bowl' area of Lakeside Park. My first thought was, 'What event is going on that I did not know of?' And then I realized it's the tree service crew, and with an area that size roped off, they must be taking down a huge tree... Oh no!! So I talked to one of the guys who was waiting by a backhoe in the parking lot that I was at that very moment passing. I saw the ropes around one of the two massive cottonwood trees as I got up to him. Sure enough, my worst fears were realized: they were taking it down because it was all rotted around the bottom. I said, "So sad; it must be 100 years old."
"More like 140-150," he responded. "We just do what the town tells us." He must've noticed my distress. I turned away and took a few steps, tears welling up, feeling a bit silly for getting upset about a tree, but all that tree has witnessed since around 1860--that's around when Laura Ingalls was in the Big Woods, no?! (I just happen to be reading a chapter each night to a certain darling grandson who is 'in the house!') Well I stopped, turned around, and took a picture of the park as it was that day.
Seems fitting that the early morning sun was shining full on that tree. When next I see the gap, I will know that it was once filled by this majestic beauty, who, you may notice if you zoom in, has already had some limb surgeries. A few days later...
|There are still a good-sized pile of humongous logs to dispose of|
Likewise, I had a similar challenge in the RSC colour for August: a grey-purple or simply greys with acid green accents. I'd already done purple, so I didn't want to repeat it, and I couldn't see a place for greys within a rainbow quilt. So I didn't do the August colours, feeling a little rebellious and annoyed. I did visit several of the other bloggers during the August linky parties to look at what they'd done, and I started to see that maybe I could do my Whirling Star block in greys.
I dug in my rather limited grey stash and even more limited grey scraps, and made a couple of blocks. While I was at it, I cut and sewed two in the September colours, reds with a pop of gold.
I know there will be change in my favourite park with the loss of that tree, but I know they will plant a new one, and in maybe only 50 years from now some other nature lover will walk by and smile when she sees it.
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