Posts Tagged ‘a tree grows in brooklyn’

Playground trees have it rough, but this is the kind that comes back even after the bad kids break off the branches. This picture is from a gray and rainy day; today it’s scorching and bright. Someone is likely appreciating the small shadow of this tree.

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It’s the elements versus the tree, with a big dose of contamination and filth thrown in. The tree’s growth may be stunted, but it survives.

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First I saw the hooves. After that, the trophy head made sense. These fence adornments are remnants of the ailanthus tree (tree of heaven). Property owners generally disregard the ailanthus’ metaphoric qualities, written about in Betty Smith’s 1943 novel, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and chop it down. The MTA, on whose property these tree parts once grew, used a chainsaw.


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