Jane and I had a surprise on our way to church yesterday morning. After the strong winds in mid-January we had noticed a crack in the ground near the base of this tree but, yesterday, we discovered it had fallen over.
The only visible damage seemed to be to the tree; walls and windows looked okay. I hope it gets replaced though; the trees lining the local streets make a significant contribution to the environment and it will be much more drab without them.
Click on the picture to view the set of images I captured. I also have a series of close-ups on the blossom which will I will try to post later this week. I thought the tree had blossomed early but perhaps it somehow knew its time was up and was making a last desperate attempt to propagate itself (or, more romantically, to go out in a cloud of beauty).
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