If a tree falls …


Even before I took Professor John Azar’s philosophy class at Henry Ford Community College in the mid-70s, I had heard, (and maybe even pondered over), the expression:

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?”

Well, people have been contemplating, and/or debating, that conundrum for years, just as they have hashed out the heady notion of whether the chicken or the egg appeared first.

So, whether or not a tree falls soundlessly, its absence indeed makes a noticeable difference, once it is no longer standing tall and regal, but instead, is slumped over onto a grassy slope and half submerged in the murky Ecorse Creek. All that remains now, are remnants of that trunk, bare, with jagged edges and a fresh wood scent.

You might recall my blog post back on February 26th , wherein I described walking past a tree at Council Point Park, and hearing some large branches rubbing together, and making a creepy, creaking noise.  It was a little eerie sounding, and I hurried on past, lest that tree should crash down across the pathway.

Well, jump ahead a few weeks later, to when I was enjoying my Sunday stroll on March 19th.

Last Sunday, I took the above pictures of that tree, that had no doubt cracked and fell as a result of those wild winds we had on March 8th.   But, these pictures really don’t show the extent of the damage … a tall tree, just snapped off like a toothpick, its long-dead branches crowding into the existing trees and parts pointing toward the water.

It was a little sad to see to see the destruction, and, I recalled the earlier walk, and recoiling just a little, when I heard the creaking noises, knowing full well that no good would come to that tree. The proof is seen in the above photos.

I returned to Council Point Park again this morning.

Once again, today dawned cold, but clear, and since the sun was shining, I scooted out the door earlier to get to that destination. I have to bulk up on the miles since rain is in the long-range forecast nearly every day over the next week.  Yesterday was designated as an errand day since my boss was out of the office, and, the time expended on these tasks, helps preserves the weekend for this big cleaning project I have been endeavoring to complete – soon I hope.  But, since I hated to give up the walking, I strapped on the pedometer to count my steps at Meijer, managing to glean a couple of miles from walking the perimeter of the store a few times.  Then, I had the obligatory stop at the service counter to deal with my cellphone faux pas I wrote about last week.

I was actually getting a bit antsy as I saw my walking miles and car mileage “nearly neck-in-neck. So … Must. Walk. More!!!

The sky was bright blue, flawless except for some contrails, which crisscrossed the sky looking like hashtags, or, as if someone upstairs was playing “Xs” and “Os”.

I had a package of peanuts and some of my favorite “followers” were around to partake in them. I told my little pals that there was no time to linger, and no photo ops this morning, as I was just getting my walk in and had to get on home.

I got one entire loop walked and headed for home, happy to have spent some treasured “me time” out enjoying nature.

About Linda Schaub

This is my first blog and I enjoy writing each and every post immensely. I started a walking regimen in 2011 and decided to create a blog as a means of memorializing the people, places and things I see on my daily walks. I have always enjoyed people watching, and so my blog is peppered with folks I meet, or reflections of characters I have known through the years. Often something piques my interest, or evokes a pleasant memory from my memory bank, so this becomes a “slice o’ life” blog post that day. I respect and appreciate nature and my interaction with Mother Nature’s gifts is also a common theme. Sometimes the most-ordinary items become fodder for points to ponder over and touch upon. My career has been in the legal field and I have been a legal secretary for four decades, primarily working in downtown Detroit, and now working from my home. I graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in print journalism in 1978, though I’ve never worked in that field. I like to think this blog is the writer in me finally emerging!! Walking and writing have met and shaken hands and the creative juices are flowing once again in Walkin’, Writin’, Wit & Whimsy – hope you think so too. - Linda Schaub
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4 Responses to If a tree falls …

  1. Marge Aubin says:

    The pictures you took are sad. We will never see the majestic sight again. It was chilly today, but sunny.


  2. lindasschaub says:

    Yes, it was sad Marge – like it was just a toothpick and would snap that easily. There is a huge hole where it was … hope they cut it down and haul it away so it does not kill the other trees. It was chilly – last day for cold according to the meteorologists.


  3. Ann Marie stevens says:

    Miss Linda…………………..yes that looked like it was a huge tree…………………..like: “The giving Tree.”………………………do you walk fast or slow through Meijer store?


  4. lindasschaub says:

    Hi Ann Marie – it was terrible how it broke like that. I try to walk fast through Meijer or else I see Meijer clerks or their associates from various departments where I shop and then I stop to talk and spend more time visiting than walking. 🙂 It is a good place to walk if you do the perimeter – did it a couple of times in the Summer when it was so hot.


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