Sunday, November 08, 2009

A campus Willy Loman

Right outside the building I teach and have an office in, was a gorgeous Colorado Blue Spruce. You may remember it from this photo taken on 10/10/2009.

(C.S. Manish 2009)

It had been listing to one side and, in a preemptive move, the Arboretum Committee on campus decided to cut it down to prevent it from crashing into the building. One day it was there, in all its majesty. The next day, it was gone. Did it make a sound when it came down? I bet it did, at least the person who cut it heard it fall.

This is what the gap looks like today. I think I may have been the last person to take a picture of the tree. The irony is that I did not even know its days were numbered.

(C.S. Manish 2009)


Leela said...

Did it make a sound when it came down? I bet it did
I bet it did too.

I hate it when they cut down trees... should've just trimmed that part which was leaning towrds the building.

Jaunty Quicksand said...

The advantage of being in a small College is that I know the folks who made the decision to cut the tree. Believe me, they love trees too, and this was their last resort. They tried everything, but the problem is that many years ago while building an extension to the Science building, a trench was dug around it and it cut off most of the roots to one side of the tree. With each passing year we had our own Leaning Tower of Pisa. The crash was inevitable. The fear was that a huge snowstorm could have brought it down sooner rather than later. Hence, the decision to cut it.

Still quite Ecology class sure misses the tree.