.One morning, I did it. I just pulled over on the way to work, and walked a block or so, to find a spot to take a picture. I was never quite satisfied with this particular image, which is why I haven't posted it before. I meant to go back, and try it again with different skies or from different angles.
.The absence of other trees or structures in this vicinity transforms it from just another tree to a magnificent sculpture. The spot is marshy, and sits between a pond and an area that is being developed.
.I avoided this route for months, because of the construction and slower traffic. Friends, the store's grand opening has come and gone, and I have resumed traveling this regular route. I am sad to report that my tree has been cut down. I will no longer see the silhouettes of a hundred blackbirds on my beautiful tree. Adieu, mon vieux.