Those who visit here know I love trees—touching them, learning about them, planting them, and, of course, photographing them—not, by the way, an easy task. I recently had a chance to look through my library and select some interesting images of trees that are no longer standing and thought I’d share them here.
Some trees should not be cut for lumber or firewood, such as these Red Oaks on school property in Bath, Michigan. The 300+year old trees were nearly cut to help balance the school budget. Instead citizen outrage caused a change of plans and they are now part of an area right next to the school used for science study—such a valuable asset. Small pockets of old trees like these still exist in many parts of the state and country and their value is inestimable.
This is all that remains, at least above ground, of a row of Sugar maples that grew for probably 200 years in a now long-gone stone fence row in Hubbard Park. Little by little the have decomposed providing the means for other trees to grow. I can look back in historic photos of this area when these trees were the only ones growing on the bare hillside, the active sheep pastures the fences surrounded.