You stand as a monument
No plaque attached
Only a few still remember
All that knew this gentle man
Who laid your roots in the ground
Will be gone
Your surroundings may change
Yet we might hope
That you will live on
This scarlet oak was planted by a truly gentle man named Ray who live to almost 95. He was a remarkable plants-man, Landscaper and designer. I worked for him for many years and the oak was planted before I was even born. He built the house (top) and opened a nursery that was in business until he passed away, open for 60 years. After he was gone, the land was sold and the new owners wanted it turn it into medical practices park. Many of the trees are gone now, but I am happy they left this scarlet oak and I hope it is there for many generations to come.
15 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument”
Is that the same tree in both pictures? Great story linking past and present.
Thanks for the comments, Yes they are the same tree the house is gone, and a doctor’s office instead
Thankfully, they left this beautiful tree. Truly a great monument to this man.
What a nice memorial – how happy he would be to know he was remembered so fondly!
It is a fine tree in both seasons, I’m glad it still remains.
I was very happy the tree remain, but sorry his home is now gone. Thanks
Great imagery and writing, thank you for bringing to those of us who follow you enjoyable reads. Ann
Thank you for your kind words. I do being here and sharing life with you all
Beautiful, but sad story. I’m sorry that so many trees are gone. Ray sounds like such a lovely person.
Importance of trees silently standing in the picture as time marches on !
Thanks, I’m grateful to see this remain, sadden for all that was lost Trees the the higher form of life to me
Hi antilandscaper. Are we all but a passing phase. Thank you for liking ‘ Polluted!’ Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.
This is true, and as time passes all those things that were important to someone has passed and the connection is lost. I enjoy most of your stories and glad you share them. Jon
Beautiful tribute to Ray and his gift of the tree…I was saddened to see that the medical practice did not see the healing value of leaving more trees! I have just returned from Alberta and left in the early morning. I was shocked as I looked at the landscape from the air, as to how barren the land was. My Edmonton friend told me that many trees were cut. Unbelievable to me, that an effort is not made to plant more trees to save their soil. Mother Earth is being destroyed…and all her gifts. Your piece is so important to remind us of the value of trees and of nature. Thank you for sharing it! Expressed so well…You have a gentle voice in your expression! Thank you, also, for your many visits to my blog. Much appreciated!