Another one bites the dust / Otro muerde el polvo

La versión en español está después de la versión en inglés.

OUR RECENT RAIN AND WIND storm left the typical minor destruction in its wake. Hardest hit were the tamarinds along the Paseo. They just don’t seem to be cut out for our sea breezes. Although they’re very wispy when young, their trunks and limbs become beautifully gnarled and apparently brittle as they grow. We now have more damaged or dead tamarind trees around town than we do live ones.

While out assessing the damage the other afternoon, I spotted a lone fisherman taking his chances on the rocks in high surf. Although there were a number of close calls, he remained high and somewhat dry while I watched.

All that’s left of Plaza San Rafael (click here) is a portion of the fountain and the multi-story pedestal containing the pirate Rafael Gomez. I hope to soon enjoy witnessing the toppling of another pirate.

Today’s brilliant sunshine at the end of the post is, I hope, emblematic of what is about to come from the United States.


NUESTRA RECIENTE LLUVIA Y VIENTO tormenta dejaron la típica destrucción menor a su paso. Los más afectados fueron los tamarindos a lo largo del Paseo. Simplemente no parecen estar hechos para nuestra brisa marina. Aunque son muy delgados cuando son jóvenes, sus troncos y extremidades se vuelven hermosamente nudosos y aparentemente quebradizos a medida que crecen. Ahora tenemos más tamarindos dañados o muertos en la ciudad que los vivos. 

Mientras evaluaba los daños la otra tarde, vi a un pescador solitario que se arriesgaba en las rocas en alta oleaje. Aunque hubo una serie de llamadas cercanas, permaneció alto y algo seco mientras yo miraba. 

Todo lo que queda de la Plaza San Rafael (haz clic aquí) es una parte de la fuente y el pedestal de varios pisos que contiene al pirata Rafael Gómez. Espero poder disfrutar pronto del derrocamiento de otro pirata.

El brillante sol de hoy al final del post es, espero, emblemático de lo que está por venir de los Estados Unidos.

Even the jacarandas were not immune.
Incluso las jacarandas no eran inmunes.


Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

28 thoughts on “Another one bites the dust / Otro muerde el polvo”

  1. Sure is a lot of damage to those trees. Maybe ‘palms’ would be better as they appear to be more hardy and suited to coastal storms?
    Yes, the USA has another chance to get it right. Hope it does this time, or at least get the ball rolling so there is more inclusion for all.

    1. Jim:
      Palms do better in the climate, but now there are bunch of suffering palms I think due to palm beetle. It appears someone isn’t doing a very good job managing what to plant and what to do after it’s planted.

    1. Mary:
      I agree. Whoever is in charge doesn’t seem to be making the right decisions. And then once they’re planted, the management of insects, diseases. and protection from the elements doesn’t appear to be up to par.

    1. David:
      Still wondering what that first truck was for. Do you suppose they’re stealing valuable furnishings?

      1. David:
        It’s being dropped of at Trump Tower and they’ll claim they don’t have it.

  2. I don’t usually see things in clouds, but in that last picture the cloud looks like an unfurled flag. Those poor, poor trees!

    1. Deedles:
      I like that image. A sign of hope. I wish whoever’s in charge of landscape design in the city would get on top of things. One of our neighbours has been writing letters to the city for nearly 10 years complaining about the poor choice of tamarind trees. No response. They’ve also planted stunning gardens on the beach that survived one season and now look like garbage. High tides, etc.

    1. anne marie:
      Yes! And now we gear up for what’s next. I find I’m still obsessing about the news, but at least the Orange Menace has been fired.

    1. Steve:
      I think they’re looking for shade and variety. Also palms don’t do as much for air quality as other trees. However, they could use more palms and better choices. It makes me crazy. The Paseo used to be more than half ficus trees. They thrived. However, the roots of course destroyed the pavement and caused another non-stop expensive maintenance battle. When they removed them, they replace almost all with the already failing tamarinds.

  3. Regarding those tamarind trees, there’s a quote that’s often been misattributed to Albert Einstein that says “the definition of insanity is the act of doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.”

    1. TexasTrailerParkTrash:
      Then our garden planners are truly insane. There’s a field in town filled with tamarind trees always on the ready to replace the dead ones.

    1. Wilma:
      Unbelievable times. Such a tremendous relief — although still so much to be concerned about. I’m very happy to be here.

    1. Parsnip:
      I don’t really understand it. They continue to plant these trees that rarely survive. And, although they do a wonderful job with some of the plantings around town, they make a lot of mistakes. They’ve planted several vertical gardens, which start off beautifully. Then they’re unable to keep up with the high maintenance requirements.

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