The mild weather this week got me out of the house and back on my mid-day walk -- at least for a few days. I often see interesting or beautiful things on these walks and wish I had my camera, but hate to be encumbered while I ambulate. I did remember to bring my small camera with me one day this week though.
I'll start this "things around the neighborhood" post off with the bottom half of a small tree. I'm not certain of the type, as I couldn't tell from a quick look and didn't get a chance to do an up-close examination. Of course it would be nice to have leaves to help with the ID, so let's not worry about what type of tree this is.
Here's the top half of the same tree:
So far, nothing too unusual, right? Bottom looks fine, top looks fine. So you're probably guessing that there's something weird going on in this tree's midsection, right?
Well, not exactly.
You see, this tree doesn't have a midsection.
Why?! Why would anybody do this to a small tree? I've seen it done to larger trees in the neighborhood (hey tree services, it's the 21st century -- we don't top trees anymore!) but why would you do it to such a small tree? Unless there was some severe damage in the upper limbs, this makes no sense.
I'm sure it looks fine when in leaf, but for the 6 months in which it has no foliage we all have to look at this ugly sight.
To pines. Before I continue, a disclaimer: I'm not a conifer expert. I have three of them in my yard, and two of those are pines. There are conifers in two of my neighbor's yards, and they're all pines. So without more experience with different species I'm going to call all of the next trees "pines" and hope that they actually are.
There are some really nice 40 year-old pines in the area: big, full, healthy. Beautiful year-round:
Limbs all the way to the ground, which is perfect for this spot and looks great. Often times people need to remove the lower limbs:
|(Probably not a pine)|
Some people though get carried away with the pruning:
Why?! Is there any reason for this? Were they tired of the huge vet bills from their pet giraffe always bumping its head on the branches? The only thing I can think is that the lower limbs were not healthy, so were removed. I don't know if this is exactly the right solution though. Did they expect the lower limbs to grow back?
This tree is actually just around the corner from my house, so I get to see it almost daily.
This is what I'm going to think of whenever I see it, just so my day doesn't get ruined.
Why do people do these things to trees?