Posts Tagged 'elm'


The great American Elm in Sunset Park a few years ago. During 2015 and 2016, I photographed this tree through the seasons. Note that incredible branch on the right; it swooped down, it swooped up.

Last Thursday, that long, serpentine, branch was cut off.

It was longer than the tree is tall. So low, people could easily hang from it, or hang their shit on it. (We love the city’s nature to pieces all the time, from the millions of gallons of dog piss in tree pits to voracious “foragers” trampling over everything to get that mushroom.) I don’t know if it was a structural problem or the fear of a structural problem behind the excising of this limb.

Sic transit gloria mundi.

A Return Engagement

The great elm of Sunset Park on a recent wintery day. To track this tree over a year, I photographed it roughly every month from November 2015 to the end of 2016.

Sunset Park Elm


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Sunset Park Elm

UlmusI’ve been photographing this big American Elm in Sunset Park for the last year.UlmusThe long shadows if not the temperature tell of the days drawing nearer. Today’s the first day of the end of daylight savings time, meaning an hour sooner sunset, and we’ve still a month and more to go to the shortest day. Let’s revel in the voluptuous dark of the night.shadowsAnd the calligraphy of sunlight and swooping branches…

Sunset Park Elm

treeFall is coming! And about time, too! tree2The state of the elm. From this southwesterly perspective, it is hanging onto the slope of the moraine with everything it has.

Previous states of the elm.

Sunset Park Elm

UlmusOur mighty elm is looking a little worn-out after a long hot summer of chlorophyll. Man, baby carriage, trash can underneath for scale.

There’s just a touch of color in a few leaves yet. Here’s the whole series of portraits of this tree.

UlmusThe cathedral branching.

Sunset Park Elm

UlmusAn overcast view of the great elm during this week’s sweltering heat. The leaves are dark, dark green now. That’s the gilded city of Oz to the distant right. (Don’t forget you can click on these images to get larger versions.)

Sunset Park Elm

UlmusThe intensity of summer green is settling in on our elm tree. A man was whacking his martial arts stick against the low-slung branch. I suppose I would eventually call 911 if it fell on him.

Sunset Park Elm

UlmusIt’s been a month since I’ve last updated you with a picture of the local American Elm. Ulmus

Sunset Park Elm: Backdrop

studentfilmelmFor a student film. But I would argue that this is not the tree’s best side.


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