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Ripping out centuries of growth and history

May 17, 2018

 

I was recently "privileged" to witness the extraction of a grand old olive tree. The bulldozer had a heck of a time trying to remove the tree. The olive tree roots fought a hard battle to remain, but in the end, power, technology, and man's volition to leave his dastard environmental footprint won out. On second thought, it was not a privilege to watch this, it irked me deep inside, especially the look on the farmer's face, his glee that the tree's absence would now make more room on his property. Tis the human condition, I guess: "One man's meat is another man's poison". This adage sums it all up, disappearing century-old olive trees upset one person, but please another... What can one say or do? Apart from what I am endeavouring with this site, namely to capture the beauty before it is all gone, there's not much else that can be done.

 

Here, captured on video, is that gut wrenching scene of the tree finally being torn out after an hour of bulldozer effort.

 

 

 

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