September 8, 2012
Re "Hug the shuttle, not the trees," Editorial, Sept. 6 I'm not a tree hugger, and I cheered when I learned a space shuttle was coming to Los Angeles, my home for 45 years. But anyone would recognize this editorial slant as classically Southern Californian. Obviously, L.A.'s appreciation is not for shade trees, as no one walks. And trees dare not break sidewalk concrete or drop leaves, flowers, sap or fronds. Those ficus trees, tried and convicted for becoming nuisances, were planted long ago in the wrong places and neglected by those who now promise an urban jungle in a few years.
September 6, 2012
Re "A shuttle trip's ground control," Sept. 4 As I read the article detailing the destruction of 400 beautiful shade trees in South Los Angeles so that the space shuttle Endeavour will be able to make its way from LAX to the California Science Center, I wept - for the trees, for the residents of the affected neighborhoods and for the shortsighted city officials who approved this fiasco. But mostly I wept for the collective heartlessness I see on display. Not one mature tree being destroyed was worth having the shuttle anywhere in this city.
August 29, 2011 |
For nearly 200 years, the plane trees have stood sentry over the Canal du Midi. Some rise ramrod-straight and proud over Europe's oldest man-made waterway. Others lean like creaky old men, forming an impenetrable canopy over the dappled, barely moving water below. Their shade protects travelers from the relentless Midi sun. Their roots hold up the canal's banks. Their hardy leaves sink to the bottom and stop the water from seeping into the soil. Perhaps just as important, they transform a utilitarian artery into a thing of natural beauty.
November 15, 2008 |
One neighbor loves his solar panels, which have cut his energy bill and are helping to combat global warming. The other neighbor adores his trees, which boost his property value and capture greenhouse gases. So what happens when one guy's greenery casts a shadow on the other fellow's solar array? It's an environmental battle that's heating up.
July 15, 2007 |
To escape her stifling apartment, to unwind from her monotonous job, to tune out the squalor, noise and crime all around her, Josefina Filmont has long taken refuge in the cool, green embrace of the old mahogany trees skirting the fortress built here by the son of Christopher Columbus.
April 19, 2005 |
Largemouth bass Lake Casitas, Ventura County * A faded photo of a 21-pound, 3 1/2 -ounce largemouth bass -- the fifth biggest ever caught in the world -- is pinned outside the Lake Casitas bait shop. A quarter century after the fish was wrestled from the lake, anglers prowl these forest-green waters, convinced that a bigger bass lurks beneath the surface. This spring, bass cruise in shallow water amid brush that sprouted in recent years but flooded after this year's rainstorms.