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An old friend

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Missing an old friend. Yep a tree. And what brought this to mind. The reminder of Arbor day on April 29th. Actually it was on the Calendar of the coming weeks events on CBS Sunday morning.  I was just going back through some old images and came across the favorite tree I used to have in my yard. It was also my least favorite tree at times also. For its beauty was impressive. It signaled the beginning of another great summer season coming and getting the pool cover off.

I miss this color outside our bedroom window.  Photo by Mike Hartley

I miss this color outside our bedroom window.
Photo by Mike Hartley

But that was the downside for once the cover was off it was so close to the pool that it was a war keeping its dirt, leaves and branches out of it. And when those bag worms would hit it, what a mess. It needed a haircut almost every year.

The moon over my wheeping cherry tree. Photo by Mike Hartley

The moon over my weeping cherry tree.
Photo by Mike Hartley

And after that tree had bloomed the Azaleas below it would bud and bloom. But those days are gone. The pool is about to be filled in being there are no children home to enjoy it. And the fact that it developed serious structural and plumbing issues at the end of last season. I just can see taking the funds and time to replace it.

Azaleas Photo by Mike Hartley

Azaleas
Photo by Mike Hartley

It kind of makes me wonder if I should have filled in the pool long ago and kept the tree and azaleas?

Azaleas Photo by Mike Hartley

Azaleas
Photo by Mike Hartley

Azaleas Photo by Mike Hartley

Azaleas
Photo by Mike Hartley

Author: Mike Hartley

With a lifetime and a half in the Newspaper industry I'm preparing for my retirement career as an Artist, Writer, Photographer and Video content provider. I'm a proud father of two wonderful children and I'm still married to the first girl I fell in love with and probably only one that would have me.

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