A sub-lime submission

I’ve nearly waited too long for the June challenge; and now that I’m ready to post, I see that Keith has beaten me to it with his submission of a much more impressive instance of the species.  Well, there’s nothing in the challenge excluding multiple submissions for the same tree, so I’ll plow ahead as planned.

One of my regrets from Albania is that I didn’t take the time to photograph one of the magnificent lime trees (also known as the linden, and also known as the basswood) lining the streets of Korca.  I did at least take a photo of some lime blossoms gathered and drying for tea production, but I should have taken the time to photograph the tree itself before we hustled out of town.

One of our frustrations in returning to Portland was the discovery that our battery was dead, and we needed to call for a jump start before we could drive to our Airbnb.  Another though was the discovery two days later that it was dead again, which prompted a second jump and a trip to the Battery Exchange to buy a new battery for a car we plan to get rid of shortly.

Finally, one of the serendipitous moments of life occurred when I looked up from the spot where it died the second time, and discovered that I was parked under a lime/linden/basswood tree!  I didn’t know we even had these in Portland, but looking down the street I saw that the whole next block was lined with towering lindens. Beautiful.

So, a second chance on a missed opportunity.  The featured photo is of the tree where the battery died, but was taken yesterday so that we could get a bike into it.  And here’s the whole tree, and a closeup:

This is just a placeholder for now. I’ll add a real description when I get more time.

15 response to "A sub-lime submission"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 29, 2018

    Welcome home, Scott. Thanks for the pics. Under the linden and just under the wire.

  2. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: June 30, 2018

    The things you learn via cycling. I didn’t know a Lime tree was also known as Linden. Linden trees feature in UK folk music so I suppose the word Linden is more evocative than Lime. If, that is, I am thinking of the correct category of Lime tree!!

    • By: Scooter Posted: June 30, 2018

      I didn’t know that either, and was so surprised by it too. I’ve heard of lindens forever without knowing what they were. Really beautiful when they’re in bloom like this.

  3. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 30, 2018

    I didnt know we had linden trees here in town either until a year ago or so.

    Read your North to the Balkans journal — great writing and enjoyable/informative reading!
    Spectacular photographs too!
    Ive read many of your journals and should have complemented you on their quality long before now.

    • By: Scooter Posted: June 30, 2018

      Hey, thanks Rich. I’m glad you enjoyed it. It was a pretty exceptional journey to a region I hope to see again. Thanks for following along.

      And thanks again for joining us on 365! I’ve got some catching up to do over here now that I’m back in town for a few weeks.

  4. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 30, 2018

    A beautiful tree, I’ll keep an eye out for one next summer. I second Rich’s comments about your Balkans journal, great photos, narrative and enjoyed Rachael’s videos, don’t know how I’d go sweating up some of those mountainous roads.

    • By: Scooter Posted: June 30, 2018

      Thanks, Lednar! I feel so lucky to have been able to pull off a trip like this again. I don’t know how much longer we’ll be taking on country this mountainous, but we’ll enjoy it while it lasts.

      Which reminds me – it’s looking like we’re coming your way next winter (2019). I doubt we’ll make it out to the west end, but I’m pretty sure we’ll see SA, Vic and Tasmania. Practically in your back yard!

  5. By: Bikerdockeith Posted: June 30, 2018

    Hi Scott,
    Little known fact (in the anglophone world) is the blossoms of the linden/lime/basswood/tilleul tree when dried can make a very nice herb tea. Common here in La Belle France, I don’t think I ever saw it in the USA.

  6. By: The Navigator Posted: June 30, 2018

    Well… there you go. All through university, Linden Street was where the good bars were located in my town. Funnily enough I never really looked at the trees….

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 30, 2018

      Must be a university thing, Im sure Bill remembers Linden street in Normal, Illinois — Illinois State University.
      Bars? Normal was dry as the Atacama back when I was there.
      I never looked at the trees either. 🙁
      Vitesse Cycle located on Linden too.

      • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 30, 2018

        Yep, I remember Linden Street in Normal. Not so dry when I was there, and Pub II was a popular watering hole on Linden. If I remember correctly, at that time it shared a building with Vitesse Cycle Shop, although now Vitesse has moved a couple of blocks away on Linden. I still wear a Vitesse t-shirt.

        Also, and maybe Suzanne can confirm this, I think Unter den Linden is one of the big boulevards in Berlin.

        • By: Scooter Posted: June 30, 2018

          I got excited about this too at first because I remembered that I too lived in Linden Street decades ago, but out in the country in Salem. No linden trees there though, because it’s out in the middle of grass fields – just a few locusts.

          But I was wrong. It was Linnet Street, not Linden (a bird, not a tree). And we did see linnets out there. And I’ll appreciate it if there are no cracks about birdbrains following this.

        • By: Suzanne Posted: July 3, 2018

          That’s right! Sadly most of the elegant boulevard was destroyed during the war. Located in what was the GDR, it was only partially restored. Today restoration work is still going on.

  7. By: Suzanne Posted: July 3, 2018

    Drats, I missed out on posting a linden tree. We have many. This year their scent was particularly strong and filled the streets.

  8. By: Scooter Posted: July 3, 2018

    I have my own perspective on Unter den Linden now, after parking our car beneath one. Once the blossoms start dropping, it’s a real mess. We took the car to a car wash yesterday for its annual bath, and today it’s a sticky mess all over again.

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