In the older parts of my city, including downtown and my neighborhood, electrical/utility lines still crisscross overhead. The branches of old trees are cut away from the lines in what often appear as grotesque deformities. Still, most of the trees seem to adapt. In newer neighborhoods, the utility lines are buried underground which looks better from a human perspective and reduces storm damage. Who knows what the trees and mycelium network prefer? They would probably prefer we let them grow naturally without intrusion. I am grateful for these trees putting up with us as they continue to provide shade, habitat, and oxygen.
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May 12, 2022 at 9:24 pm
The trees are very beave for hanging in there. 🙂 Great post, JoAnna!
May 12, 2022 at 9:59 pm
Thank you, Cheryl. I have to admire them. Been thinking about this post for a long time. Glad you like it. 🙂
May 12, 2022 at 10:09 pm
Trees have that inward ability to adapt. So should we.
I liked your post, JoAnna. XoXo
May 13, 2022 at 9:09 pm
True. We can adapt. Thanks, Selma.
May 12, 2022 at 10:48 pm
My city has this issue as well. But its mostly Internet cables as power lines are all below the ground now. I love the trees in your city!
May 13, 2022 at 9:12 pm
Thank you. We do have some grand old trees.
I’m sure it’s better to keep them alive, even if they’re cut funny.
May 13, 2022 at 2:33 am
What a mess – except for the little creature’s face
May 13, 2022 at 9:17 pm
I usually try not to look at the cutting, but it’s obvious in winter. Glad you saw the face.
May 13, 2022 at 2:19 pm
It’s a shame they have to be lopped for cables.
May 13, 2022 at 9:31 pm
I agree. At least they are still alive. After I posted this, I noticed how my azalea bush is cut straight down on the side next to the house.
May 14, 2022 at 1:46 am
Our electrical lines are above ground here too. The electric company comes and chops away on my beautiful jacaranda trees as needed. I am glad they continue to thrive. I love those purple petals.
I saw the face in the tree too. Your photos are great.
May 14, 2022 at 8:43 pm
Thanks, Lauren. I’m glad they continue to thrive here, too, mostly.
May 26, 2022 at 10:05 am
We too have electrical lines above ground in some areas and trees bear that intrusion. I loved your trees and they sure brought joy, JoAnna. Thank you for joining!
May 26, 2022 at 9:47 pm
Thanks, Parul. The trees usually do adapt for which I am thankful.