Hiding the Scars

Happy belated Arbor Day.  Yesterday started the planting of a planned 30,000 trees in WNY, about a tenth of what is needed to replace all the ones that came down last October.  I drove down Richmond Avenue for the very first time since the October storm and was so taken by the savagery of the damage to every single tree, that I drove back up Ashland for a second look at the area near Buffalo State College.  Monroe Street in Williamsville, Princeton Court in Cheektowaga, and Glencove in Tonawanda are just as devastated.  Now that buds and leaves are coming out I had expected these areas to look a little less damaged, but so far that’s not the case.

Photographs don’t do it justice.  I tried to find a shot that might be representative of the damage, but nothing captured the brutality of the scene very well.

In a month when the trees are fully leafed out, the scars will be hidden.  Can’t wait.

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