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Friday, April 25, 2014

Happy Arbor Day News & Happy SkyWatch Skies! :-)


I've wanted to share this news for the past week, but what better day than Arbor Day to share the happy status update about Al and Jackie's critically wounded maple tree?

Many of you may remember my post about "Atlas," the devastating snowstorm that hit us in early October. It wreaked destructive havoc on the still-leafy trees with 10 inches of heavy, wet snow and high winds. In my second post about the storm, I shared a photo of the fatal-looking damage it had done to the beautiful maple tree beside the patio of our friends Al and Jackie.

Well, Jackie didn't spend a long career as a nurse for nothing, and despite some teasing and possibly some evil snickering from cynical naysayers, she convinced Al to perform emergency triage on the tree with rebar, twine and duct tape. A lot of you shared your hopes that it would work, and I promised to give you an update in the spring.

The trees here started budding recently, so I emailed Jackie last week (with some trepidation) to ask her if the maple had shown any signs of life. But here is the photo she took with her iPad to share with me the happy news!


She said that she and Al are concerned about the branch on the right, which started to bud and then seemed to stop, but that even if that branch doesn't make it they're optimistic that the tree will. So three cheers for Al and Jackie's ingenuity and hopefulness, and for their brave maple tree's tenacity! :-)

And since today is also SkyWatch Friday, I can't pass up the chance to share a photo of today's lovely sunrise. As soon as I saw it through our kitchen windows I snatched BW's iPad off the counter to capture it, knowing that by the time I fetched my camera, changed out the lens, and returned to the back patio, the colors would have faded - which they did. So I give you a little less photo quality in exchange for a lot more color!...



Have a wonderful weekend!

16 comments:

  1. WONDERFUL news about the Maple. Thank you for letting us know. And a gorgeous dawn as a bonus. Another big thank you on that score.

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    1. Jackie said she'd keep us posted on the Maple's status as spring progresses, and I will pass along any news I receive! But it's definitely looking hopeful so far! And you're most welcome for yet another sunrise salutation from our back yard. :-)

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  2. Fantastic color in an amazing layered sky.

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    1. I love the layered look of so many of our sunrises, they remind me of fruity parfaits. :-)

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  3. Attention...all living beings need it....even trees. :-) Thank the healers for me.

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    1. Yes, attention of the TLC variety - it does work wonders! The healers have received your thanks. (They stealthily read this post and were very pleased at all the support they and their maple have been receiving!)

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  4. That's terrific that the tree is budding! Kudos to Al & Jackie for saving it. I was thinking that storm happened well over a year ago, which just goes to show how long the winter was. :-o

    We're still seeing no buds here, although the grass is starting to turn green at least. Temps in the 40's for the next week, though, with some freezing nights. WTF spring??

    The sunrise is gorgeous & I'm always amazed at what iPhones & iPads can capture. The quality may be a bit lower but it's still a fantastic shot!

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    1. LOL about your impression of how long the winter was! When I was mowing on Friday, I was thinking it wasn't quite long enough! ;-) Since I've been such a sluggard about replying to comments and so it's now more than a week since you left yours, has spring finally come out of hiding for you? I think your frozen lake may be keeping things air conditioned for a while!

      I'm amazed at the quality of photos that iPhones and iPads can capture too, and am grateful to have the iPad as an option sometimes!

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    2. Well, the wind chill was in the 30's today, if that gives you any idea of how the weather (still) is. It's supposed to warm up by the end of the week but the lake often is a party pooper, so I'm skeptical about it. Our lilac bushes finally have some buds on them, though!

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    3. Yeah, that's a wee bit nippy for Cinco de Mayo! Be a good time of year for a vacation in Sedona or ABQ! :-) Lilacs are tough little buggers. The daffs, tulips, hyacinths and other spring bulb flowers have been putting on quite the show lately. I wish I could have gotten some photos today, but it's been a hectic one of errands and appointments, and now a storm is blowing in. I hope they won't get smacked TOO hard by the snow in our forecast for Wednesday! And I hope you do get the end-of-week warmup that's predicted!

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  5. So I wasn't a cynical naysayer because I'm an eternal optimist but I can't say I held out a lot of hope for that poor tree. So I'm quite pleased and surprised that it budded. How wonderful and a real testament to Jackie's healing powers!! Thank you for sharing it especially on Arbor Day!!

    I definitely think you made the right decision to grab the i-pad and I think the photo quality is excellent anyway. It was definitely worth capturing.

    BTW, I'm enjoying gingerbread waffles and tea AND your post - it's a good morning!!

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    1. I think the tree's odds were definitely long ones, so it's great that Jackie decided to ignore the conventional thinking and do something so radical. She's like Dr. House!(only a lot nicer and prettier! LOL) It was pure luck that I was able to share it on Arbor Day, that worked out perfectly!

      I'm glad you enjoyed the iPad photo of the sunrise. It's handy to have there on the kitchen counter for those fleeting sunrise moments!

      Glad you finally got to enjoy those gingerbread waffles! It's past suppertime here as I am typing this, but just reading that line made me want some! :-)

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  6. Beautiful sky! And it's nice Al & Jackie's tree may be on the mend. Don't you wish everyone cared so much about our trees? xoxo

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    1. Yes, I sure do wish that! (I think Jackie, who retired - mostly - from her nursing career last year, should take up a second career as a certified arborist!)

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  7. Well done to Al and Jackie. I know the tree will be grateful. In future, they will always be able to say that's OUR tree.

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    1. Hi, John! It's great to see you! I agree about Al and Jackie and their tree - that plucky little maple is definitely their baby! :-)

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