Monday, September 6, 2010

A Monterey Pine is Sublime

Is there anything more majestic

than a full-grown Monterey Pine?

My next-door neighbors removed this dear old tree yesterday.

They said it had beetle disease, like this one.

But I think they just wanted it out of the way.

It broke my heart.

17 comments:

Mumsy said...

It was a beautiful tree. I don't like seeing healthy trees cut down. I love trees. Hugs

Amy said...

I always cry a little when a tree is cut down. I don't quite understand my attachment to those tall friends. How sad for both you and the tree. Darn beetles!

Pondside said...

I hate to see a beautiful tree go under the chain saw. Up here one needs a permit to take down such a tree, and they aren't given easily. Unfortunately, some people find it easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission, so some trees come down before anyone has an opportunity to protest.

Sue said...

You're supposed to get a permit here, too. But these people just said their tree was dead and cut it down. While the Monterey Pines have been dying here due to a beetle infestation, I'm not convinced their tree had it.

=)

karen said...

I know - its sad to lose beautiful trees, isn't it? It's one thing when they're ripping up foundations or ruining plumbing, or when they're diseased. But I hate to see trees cut down for no good reason. It's a good argument for being responsible and knowing how big a tree will get when you plant it.

yaya said...

As you know by reading my blog, our property is surrounded by pine trees...I would cry my heart out if they were chopped down. I was sweating it out because the electric co. came and trimmed trees from the lines and ours were one the list..fortunately, we only had one that needed topped just a wee bit..whew! So sorry your neighbor felt the need to chop that one down. P.S..please keep any beetles from Ohio!

RNSANE said...

Two years ago, in an unusual winter storm in San Francisco, just two blocks from my office, a city tree on the main street leading the San Francisco General broke in half, and fell on top of my van, with me in it. It totaled my van ( I'd just made the final payment three months ago ) but I wasn't really hurt. I was not able to recover any money from the city, though, apparently, the tree was diseased.

It is a tragedy to destroy healthy beautiful trees but, if they are truly diseased and could kill someone or destroy a home, then I believe, then, the have to be cut down. There should be some sort of documentation, not just the neighbor's desire to remove the tree, to justify this.

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VK said...

We had to remove 2 of these old Monterey Pine trees a few years back. They had served our children well, housing a large 3 story tree house in between their branches. We still cry when we think of them.

Darlene said...

So sorry they felt the need to cut it down. I, too, love trees. I guess everyone in our family does. I'm wondering which neighbor it was. Just too too bad.

Momza said...

Oh the pine beetles have done so much damage to our beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park here in Colorado! Entire campsites have been destroyed and left barren from those beetles, leaving a sad scar on the land.
It does sadden our hearts.

Lourie said...

Could be. Our neighbors cut a pine down out of their yard not too long ago. At first it was weird. Now it just looks normal.

Dixie Mom said...

uggg...I hate losing great old trees. At our last house our precious blue spruces got infested with bag worms. I hand picked those suckers off the tree to save them. Most of my neighbors lost their trees last year to those worms but mine are still alive and huge. It was worth every time I cringed.
I forgot to mention that the locust trees that Ira Hinckley planted at cove fort are still alive. Some of the branches are braced up but they are lovingly taken care of. They are 144 years old. Every day those missionaries that serve there wake up grateful to have another day with those beautiful trees.

My name is PJ. said...

I hope they planted something in its place!

Oh the history that tree had seen!! Breaks my heart too.

jen said...

What is it about the loss of a giant tree that is so sad?
I almost cried the other day when I found out Anne Frank's tree had blown over. Silly, isn't it?

Jill said...

I SO do not like it when someone takes down a tree! Along with it goes its history.

Cheryl said...

I'm a tree hugger from way back. I think you're probably right. It wasn't "majestic" any longer.

Jess said...

We had to chop down our Quakies- it was sad, gross ants were living inside the trunk and it killed the trees

I've never seen a Monterey Pine before- but they're pretty. I love that they have tall trunks and a puff of "hair" on the top, as we call it around our house. So sad you lost your lovely view.

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