I was reminded last night that I haven’t posted a new version of my Tompkins Trees Map in a while. I am still not ready to declare it a final version, though I am pretty confident of the tree identifications. If you see any mistakes please let me know. I have several informational features I would like to add and more decorative and design elements to refine. Let me know what you think.
I begged the tree cutters to leave this much of this old Black Locust for the squirrels, to no avail. This was one of the few pre-Civil War trees left in Tompkins Square Park. About a month ago it was burned. I knew it would at least have to be trimmed to avoid branches falling on people, but hoped they would leave the main body of the tree as a habitat for the squirrels and as a historical relic.
At least this much of the stump was left. Perhaps it will sprout in the Spring.
Pin Oak in the Peaceful Grove. The colors seem much more intense this year in Tompkins Square Park, more red and orange than last year and the year before. This is the third Fall that I’ve observed in the park since starting my Tompkins Trees project.
More of the Peaceful Grove. That’s what I call the area behind the offices and between the exercise areas. It is often much quieter than the rest of the park. You will find people practicing Tai Chi here in the morning.
I got a chance to more closely examine the old Black Locust tree on 7th Street that caught fire on Saturday. I’m pointing the camera down into the trunk. It is in worse shape than I thought. I hope the arborists will leave the burned hulk as a monument and shelter for the squirrels, and it is possible that it may sprout again in Spring. But the structure is compromised enough that the large upright branch should be removed for safety reasons.
Wanting to know about this tree was one of the reasons I started my tree identification map of Tompkins Square Park. The prevalent story I have heard about this tree is that it is one of the few trees surviving from before the 1860′s when the park was cleared of trees to create a parade ground for the militia during the Civil War. The other survivors are the Black Locust on Avenue B near 7th Street, and three large Sycamores, also on the perimeter.
I saw the news about a tree burning in Tompkins Square Park last night on EV Grieve. When I saw the photos I knew it was this great old gnarled Black Locust tree on 7th Street. I think the fire department caught the flames before they could kill this magnificent relic, and luxurious home for many squirrels. My guess is that some fool threw a cigarette into the hollow of the tree, and leaves or other flammable debris caught fire. The inner parts of trees are not alive, the life is in the outer layer, just beneath the bark. So I have hope that this tree, that revived itself with sprouts after being severely chopped several years ago, will survive. Here’s hoping that the arborists will let it stand.
This is an illustration of a peach leaf for my Tompkins Trees Map. Debby, the Tompkins Park gardener, pointed a peach tree out to me. I had missed seeing it altogether, mistaking it for a shrub as it is out of easy view from outside the fence. I’m trying new techniques in Inkscape. I think this came out well. It is meant to clearly show the pattern of the veins. I’ve been at this identification project for the past two years. I keep adding more and more detail to the map. I’m adding flowers and shrub locations to the map now. Who knows when I’ll ever be willing to call the map complete enough to print. But I hope to have maps of individual gardens online soon.
I’m heading to the park to confirm details on the Central Lawn right now. And I have vague plans for a garden tour or two before the leaves go away.
A garland, attached by devotees, to the Hare Krishna Tree in Tompkins Square Park.
This bit of a street art installation jarred me at first, screwing with my precious trees. But as you can see below it was minimally invasive, being made out of carved recycled styrofoam, form fit to the existing void in the tree. I think I see some white glue, but no nails or hard attachments.
A few days later the bottom teeth were torn out. On the back it read, “You suck if you stole me.”