Sigh. I’m still so sad about losing our trees. The loss of their shade and beauty is even worse than the frustration over having been treated badly by the removal company, and having to clean up the mess. It will never feel the same to me without the majesty of these huge trees. I WILL, of course, be doing some major gardening and beautification of the area, but it will never even begin to make up for losing the oaks. Here are a few photos to show you what we have lost.
Shortly after we had moved in, before I painted the faux bricks white. Three of the larger tree bases…all gone now…show here. The one on the left actually gets bigger farther up, where a very wide fork developed.
Another view of the bromeliad bed in its infancy. That hedge in the background is now about twelve feet tall, and completely hides the view of the road and the houses on the other side.
View of the clump of oak trees from the street, about a year after we moved in. It’s early spring and they haven’t gotten their full complement of leaves yet, though they are never bare, being an evergreen species. You can see better in this picture how massive the trunk of the tree on the far left was.
Yes, that is a bald eagle sitting in the largest tree. I wasn’t kidding when I said these trees provided homes for everything from barred owls to flying squirrels. To the right of him, you can see where the big oak splits into two sections, creating a piece of tree trunk five feet thick. Thank god these shysters came back and cut that down a bit for Mark. He could never have cut it with his chainsaw, and it was NOT movable, without a bobcat or something like that to pick it up. It weighed about as much as a block of granite.
So now you can see why I am so sad to lose these beautiful trees. Having the mess of unprofessional, unscrupulous contractors do the job just added insult to injury. But the real loss is the trees. It breaks my heart, and makes me sad to know that the rest of the trees in our yard may not be around much longer, either. Hopefully, they will last a few more years, though. Fingers crossed, and prayers sent above.