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: