In my ode to trees post last week, I sang the praises of those gigantic plants composed of wood, bark, branches, twigs, leaves, and bird nests. It’s easy to appreciate the beauty of those features, but it’s not so easy to love raking those damn leaves up from your lawn, or gathering those stinking limbs and twigs after a big storm, or standing underneath a branch full of birds that have just digested a healthy meal of worms and bugs.
Speaking of bugs, trees house many thousands of bugs. I don’t get along with bugs. Caterpillars, ticks, cicadas, beetles, locusts, invasive insect species–I hate ’em all.
But this post is not about any of that. No, it’s about what I consider to be the MOST undesirable feature of trees–that is, they obscure the scenery. I’ve been complaining about it for years. Trees grow like weeds here in the north country and after you’ve lived here long enough you start appreciating the vast treeless areas of America’s deserts and plains. I seriously need to visit the Nullarbor. Or the Atacama. Or the arctic regions north of the tree line. Or any other place where you can see all the way to the horizon.
So, allow me to be your virtual guide as I demonstrate some examples of the insidious nature of Minnesota’s view-blocking trees. And keep in mind that it’s even WORSE in the northern part of the state. I just can’t understand why so many vacationers choose to go up there to spend a week or two in the woods.
Just too many trees for me–except in front of the visual abomination that is the WalMart store. I made it home and started typing this post. There is a window in front of me. Just outside of the window is a maple tree that we planted in our front yard about 15 years ago. What were we thinking?