This is the second post in my 30 for 30/30 series where I am publishing a new post each day for the next 30 days within a 30-minute window without much of a plan. You can read about why I’m doing this by clicking this link.
First of all, no one died.
However, the tree pictured above, a magnificent specimen of arborous life in my former home in Santa Cruz County, is an example of how nature can play a significant role in our lives.
I photographed this tree at different times of the day and in all seasons during the 12 years I live at Seacliff Beach. Each morning I'd walk Sir Buddy, Lord Protector of the Realm on the Esplanade at Rio Del Mar Beach heading north to Seacliff where 'my tree' stood watching over picnics, sea glass hunters, joggers, and fellow dog walkers.
Each time I passed this tree Sir Buddy would honor it in his special way and I'd give it a love pat. It never ceased to inspire me with its stately presence and enduring sense of place. How long had it been in this spot? 50 years? 100 years perhaps?
All things pass away
Yesterday my friend Oly informed me that my tree was removed. The last time I visited it, about 6 months ago I think, it didn't look healthy. The signs of age were there.
I'm sad that I'll never see it again; that I'll never be able to rest momentarily under it's uniquely twisted and angled evergreen boughs that creaked during raging storms and glistened afterward.
But in reality, all things pass away. Eventually, even such enduring natural wonders like Yosemite National Park's iconic Half Dome rock formation will cease to be, given enough time, wind, and rain.
If you don't believe that, just think about what the Grand Canyon looked like before wind and rain intervened.
Goodbye, old friend. You will be missed.