Saturday 19 June 2010

Riven Oak Update: Metaphor Maturing Nicely

More from the mighty riven oak. First, the tree surgeons sliced up the fallen bough and took it all away, leaving a scar on the tree but little other evidence of the bough, or its dramatic separation. No unforeseen additional material here for developing the putative metaphor, (though it did occur to me that this prompt and tidy outcome illustrates that no man is indispensable, that the waters close over etc etc.)

Then, they returned to lop the tree extensively.

Their expert judgment, evidently, is that over many years it had grown far too big to be sustainable, and that only by a round of decisive cutting could it be restored to health and vitality.

Let us hope they know what they are doing, eh ?


photo (c) Nick Drew 2010


A Gardener said...

It's bit like cutting your hair - the more you do it, the faster it will grow. Rest easy. Once it recovers from the initial shock, you will see new shoots sprouting from all over the place.

Electro-Kevin said...

Have you ever tried to kill a tree ?

It can't be done by accident.

TheFatBigot said...

No it can't be done by accident, but if you are careful it can appear to be an accident.