I was laboriously trying to paint them, as a self-taught amateur, and was so disgusted with the results, I could not capture their fullness and glory.
As mentioned in an earlier post, their leaves suddenly started shriveling, just after they emerged this spring.
The leaves of other sorts of trees that still have them are so wilted and frail that a light breeze makes them appear as though they are in a violent howling wind.
I have noted before that the incidence of people being killed by falling trees and branches is increasing. In this terrible story a young boy has been crushed by a falling branch. Trees are dangerous now. Their roots are rotting so they topple over with greater frequency, their branches are weakened so they break and fall.