|6/30/21 Green Lake|
On our walk around Green Lake last week, Kathleen and I had noticed a tree that looked like it had been ripped apart – a large piece torn away from the rest. It’s the kind of damage that occurs after a big wind or rainstorm, but nothing like that had happened recently. My plan was to come back, find a shady spot, and make a leisurely portrait to memorialize it.
I was too late. When I returned after lunch, the city was already there, feeding the tree into a loud chipper/shredder. I took a few seconds to put in earplugs, and they were nearly done – it’s fast work taking out a tree that had been growing for years (as is true of most things… destruction takes a lot less time than construction).
(Incidentally, does anyone else remember the 1996 Coen brothers film Fargo? It’s hard for me to see a chipper/shredder without recalling that movie.)