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    Last year we lost two of our three elms to Dutch Elm Disease, and a few weeks ago we came home to find a large orange 'X' spray painted on the final elm.

    This morning at a little before 8am we were awoken by the army the city had sent to deal our diseased tree, and a neighbor's across the street.

    This is the stump shortly after our tree was felled. A tree that had stood for around a century, shaded us and protected us from the harsh north winds of winter, is now chunks of wood and piles of leaves headed out for disposal.

    WeatherGirl took some neat shots of the stumps of the other two trees last year, one of which will be on display Friday as part of the Horizontal Grandeur exhibition here in town.

    Sub-Evil and I had a great time in Wisconsin, and it's nice to be home again (even with this morning's tree cutting racket).

    PatrickKErby, Runaway Wind, and 13 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. cicidia 82 months ago | reply

      Awww sad, are they going to replant something in its place?

    2. Runaway Wind 82 months ago | reply

      I saw this thumbnail and new exactly what it was but was still drawn to it. It's very sad, but without the story, it's kind of whimsical – looking like little spikes of hair sticking up. I really like it. Sorry about your tree. Damn diseases!!!

    3. Unhindered by Talent 82 months ago | reply

      It's a city boulevard tree, and the city will replace it eventually, There's a line, though, and with us moving to the UK for a year in just a month, we probably won't be very agressive about getting replacements right away. There are three little trees (two apples, and a bradford pear) that have been languishing in the shade of these trees, and I suspect they'll benefit from additional light :-). We'll miss the grand old trees, though.

    4. kool_skatkat 82 months ago | reply

      great detail..

    5. Márcia_Marton 82 months ago | reply

      Great macro! Lovely!

    6. Unhindered by Talent 82 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the kind comments. Again, however, I prefer to not have big award logos cluttering up my comment streams. I definitely appreciate the comments, I just prefer words.

    7. madgickle [deleted] 82 months ago | reply

      This is a powerful and stark image and illustrates the story so well. Your composition is dynamic too. Congrats.
      Hope you enjoy life here in the UK.

    8. CameliaTWU 39 months ago | reply

      This is one of the best images ever!
      You deserve an award from...

      Best Images Ever

    9. Unhindered by Talent 39 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the generous award :)

    10. mistercharlie 27 months ago | reply

      Hi! I used your photo to illustrate an article over at Wired's Gadget Lab. You can see it here:

      Link

      Thanks!.

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