Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Day 3: 31 October 2012

Elegy to Ailanthus Altissima

As trees go, the Ailanthus Altissima, or tree-of-heaven, is not held in very high regard. They aren't as majestic as oaks or noble as elms; they lack the flashiness of maples. In fact, some people think of them as little more than weeds. But i like them: i like most things that can carve out a means of survival in the inhospitable concrete of the city (though i do draw the line at rats and squirrels). For years, i've admired this particular stand of Ailanthus as they clung to existence on a narrow embankment beside the L. They were there this morning, but gone by the end of the day. 

1 comment:

  1. Good Preamble to the Comments!
    Im glad you are posting this, so that I can
    watch this unfold day by day. There is something to be said about a blog concentrated on one project like this. Definitely a unique situation.


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