Monday, September 10, 2012

Fallen Trees

Another story that caught my eye in today's paper is that of one of Tyler's majestic trees, the ginkgo.  It's such a great tree that somebody has actually taken the trouble to add it to the state's registry.  But not only that, people recognize trees' significance.
"Some of these trees point us back toward the land," he said. "(It's important) we don't discount the value of our wild lands or of these trees."
Locally we have some very impressive trees, but I don't know if they're "tagged" as historic structures.  An interesting point a blog reader made some time ago was that you can tell different parts of Laredo by the trees that reside there.  It made sense.  It's common to see some species that are particular to certain sections of town.

Lately, however, trees have taken a beating from the severe weather we've had.  And it's all made worse by our indifference to them.

I've seen a lot of trees completely dried up from the extreme heat, both in public spaces and in residential areas.  And the ones that still have some leaves hanging on visibly show that they're feeling the effects of this year's drought.  Pictured above are tree trunks that were left behind for some unknown reason.  They're located near bridge II, between San Dario and Santa Ursula.

Could it be that somebody will get around to taking inventory of our dead trees?  The scene above is unsightly; it's an embarrassment that this is on display for everyone to see.  But it's a perfect example of the lack of vision around here.  This green space, and the others like it at the terminus of I-35, could be focal points to feature Laredo's beauty, but instead it sits there neglected with no hint of creativity, planning, or landscape design.

In south Laredo, near a ditch, trees have fallen victim to somebody's saw.  I'm not sure if the area is being prepared for development, or if it's simply the result of an overzealous proprietor.  Here we have several native trees that can decorate the site, but for some people they've grown to be a nuisance.  What's more disturbing is that the cuttings have spilled over into the drainage ditch nearby, creating a problem for water flow along Zapata Hwy.

The fallen tree branches to the right are of the Cypress variety, I believe.  I'll keep an eye on the site to see what becomes of it.  For our trees I can only shed a tear.  Perhaps some day we'll collectively consider their contribution to our lives.    

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