11 months ago
Thursday, November 17, 2005
I'm so bummed. Today I'm having the beautiful giant cottonwoods (balsam poplars) along the corners of my property cut. They are in dire need of it, having not been trimmed in a good 5 years or so. There are many large dead branches which need to come down before they fall down and kill someone. The thing is, when they are cut back, it is so severe that it just hurts to look at them. They are much like aspen trees, with dancing leaves at the slightest breeze, providing welcome shade in the heat of summer days. The last of their golden leaves were still falling on the lawn when I left this morning for work. I told the tree trimmer to please watch out for the many squirrels that live in the "critter condos". Last year a whole family of raccoons had a high rise view from near the top of one tree. The acorn woodpeckers have a several holes in another, as do the Titmice (birds) which are annual nesting visitors. Nesting season is over, so I know that there won't be any loss of life, but the animals and birds will have to scramble to make new homes as winter sets in. They will have been terrified by the loud chainsaws. My yard is a cornucopia for the wildlife, and I have feeders all over the place filled with peanuts, suet, sunflower seeds, dried corn ears... the squirrels are really chubby. I am dreading going home after work today.