The Tree-minator: Putting Wood and Metal Together
On the west side of 16th St. NW, a little bit north of Walter Reed, there is a tree.
Well, there are lots of trees, since Rock Creek Park is right there. But this particular tree stands out.
It stands out because it has bits of metal in it. About three feet up and 10 feet up are jagged pieces of silver metal, stuck in and now being grown over. The metal is slightly crimped and corrugated and resembles nothing so much as that trim around an old D.C. Metrobus. And I'm convinced that's what it is.
On a lot of streets the trees closest to the road bear the brunt of our vehicular mistakes. This tree seems especially hard hit. Maybe it wasn't a Metrobus. Maybe it was an 18-wheeler (though that seems unlikely on 16th St.). Perhaps it was a fire truck. Whatever it was, the tree is scarred from the violence of the encounter.
Scarred but not defeated. It stood its ground. And now it stoically perseveres. Trees are good at that.
I was walking through Franklin Square the other day when I saw another unholy union of tree and metal. Several of the trees had little brown panels nailed in place at the bottom of their trunks. I'm assuming the metal was placed over natural hollows in the trees to keep out squirrels or rats, or perhaps to deny homeless people or drug dealers a place to stash their stuff.
Or maybe if you pry away the doors and climb in, you can go straight to the Faerie World.
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