We’ve lived in our home for over 20 years and have seen many changes in nature in our yard. Like this old gum tree tree, once lush and green and a haven for native bird life. We see it from our decking and I’ve written about it before in Home Among the Gum Trees. It once stood tall and proud but today, after years of disease and pest infestation, it’s lush beauty has long disappeared.
Still, it’s strangely beautiful. Even without leaves the dark branches look eerily stunning against a cloudy canvas sky.
Just two nights ago the sky behind it was ablaze with color, and the tree contrasted against a beautiful winter sunset.
Every morning I wake to the sound of birds. Cockatoos, King parrots, Galahs, Rainbow Lorikeets, all make their home in the tree. And they often visit us.
Today, on a gray Tuesday, its stark limbs were trimmed.
I spoke to the guy who was harnessed to the tree and to his partner on the ground. I asked how much of the tree they were cutting. He said, just enough to make it safe. I voiced my sadness for the birds. I think my words were “I feel sad for the birds that are losing their home”.
He said to me there were many holes in the ends of the branches. Open for the birds to return to shelter and protect their young.
Today its top was lopped. Its scraggly branches were cut off. I watched from our decking as it was refined and I have to admit by the time the job was finished the tree looked neat. Like it had been preened. Ready for new visitors.
I have no doubt they’ll return.
So now this is my view. It’s half what it used to be.
It’s down but not out. And it reminds me that everything in life has a purpose, even a half cut down tree that still harbors a home for bird-life.
May we all be healthy and strong, not be afraid to stand out in the open just like this old gum tree that’s had to struggle for survival all these years but still endures.
Sometimes we have to scale back to be healthy and strong.
I wish you all a happy week ahead as we continue the journey.