“Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patters that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Treehugger sent us these shots of the same scene, before (2010) and after (2012) the removal of a tree from his road. The tree had to go - it was suffering from Gandoderma bracket fungus - but the photos beautifully illustrate the transformative effect trees have on our streets. Treehugger says there are is no indication yet from the Council when the tree will be replaced.