The River, The Trees and The Tree Cuddler

The River.

There is a long river that runs parallel to the street behind my house. Well, actually it practically runs across the entire neighborhood. It is called Río Piedras. I’m actually standing more than 20 feet away from the water, but it’s a bit hard to appreciate. Yet, if you look to the upper left corner, there is a house that lets you appreciate the steep way down to the river. I wouldn’t dare to walk down. It’s very steep and I’m afraid I wouldn’t know how to climb back up.

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Most of the time, the stream is very low and you can appreciate the river bank and its pebbles.

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There is a bridge that connects my neighborhood with the neighboring one. My reflection got in the way…, sorry about that.

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The Trees.

There are many trees surrounding the green area along the river and the upper bank, the one that runs up to street level; if such a thing exists and I haven’t made it up. Usually, there are many birds on the area, but today they saw me and flew away, aparently.

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Some trees seem to defy the river by growing in all sorts of strange angles, like this palm tree.

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However, there are others that have grown on the grass, like any normal tree, parallel to street level. This particular one has gorgeous gnarled roots and it shows off beautiful flowers around the month of June.

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There are other trees that have served as playground for long-gone kids that used to play around the neighborhood. This used to be a tree house, now only a couple of fences remain.

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I wish I knew the names of all these trees. My botanical knowledge is limited, but at least I know how to plant a tree and that’s why I’m blogging this.

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This baby tree was given to me by the Conservation Trust on Sunday. They had this magnificent fair where they gave out trees to all participants. I got two baby trees and decided to plant them here, close to the river and to some older trees, but with enough space where they can grow strong. Right after I planted the first one, the wind started blowing and bent this baby tree to the side. I waited and when the wind stopped, the baby tree stood upright. I like the way the photo turned out though.

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Yet, the second baby tree needed some special prosthetics to keep it upright. I devised these crutches so that the baby tree can lean on them and grow upright. This means I’ll have to keep an eye on this one and give it some TLC each day until he outgrows his prosthetic arm and can stand on his own.

The Tree Cuddler.

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Obviously someone who likes trees more than enough to cuddle with them.