On July 4, 2011 I drew the backyards to the north from my balcony. The top portion of the drawing is dominated by a large silver maple. Last fall they trimmed everything off the tree leaving only the trunk and I assume that will go one day in the near future. The absence of that foliage dramatically changes the view and feel of our backyard and alley. Where there once was sheltering foliage there is now a jumble of cables against a background of roof tops.

The new view to the north.

The new view to the north.

The silver maple that used to tower over our yards.

The silver maple that used to tower over our yards.

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