The point of it being that the circle (in the bottom left) is highlighting a tree-lopper - cutting down a magnificent Araucaria heterophylla (Norfolk Pine) that would have taken anywhere from 30 years + to reach that size. I also said in that post that this beautiful Norfolk in the foreground was ear-marked for removal as well... and well, today is the day it loses its life and I am so incredibly sad and so incredibly angry. I just feel hopeless and helpless and wish I didn't have to be here to witness such ignorance! All in the name of a shiny new house next door! With no regard to how long it took for that tree to grow, for how important it was to the local bird life. It is so devastating to me, just too hard to hear that piercing roar of the chain saw as branch by branch it comes down and also to reveal a scene that is so ugly to me now - I feel it has really de-valued my propery... this is what I now see:
|The beginning of the destruction, with lower branches removed|
|The end of the destruction with a magnificent Norfolk Pine erased from the landscape|
Oh, honestly, I need to go live on acreage so I don't have to witness the ignorance that is taking place on our doorsteps.
You know, I did contact council back when the first image was taken as I wanted to be pro-active in stopping this absurdity in the future and even though I had one individual (not from my local council) pass on some wonderful information to me so that I could put together a cohesive argument to protect the remaining Norfolk Pines on the headland - I didn't pursue it because I had someone from the local council come and speak to me about my concerns and basically I felt it was an impossible thing to undertake and a complete waste of my time... sad isn't it that we can be made to feel so helpless. The person that came to see me was from the department of council that looks after trees and basically he said that he was all for trees being cut down if they were close to dwellings... how can you argue with that mentality... so I just threw my hands up in the air... and now months later I have to sit by and witness another significant tree disappearing from our landscape.
Sometimes I feel I don't belong to this world...