Sunday afternoon I was back in the bedroom running
the fan and the old air conditioner to keep cool.
Which really wasn't difficult considering that it was
only 78 F out — but of course for me that is too hot
anyway. So there I was laying in bed listening to the
radio. Or at least I was until Mozart's Requiem came on.
I love Mozart and that is a beautiful work. But let's
just say that I wasn't much in the mood for it given
what has been going on medically. So I got up, grabbed
my bag and camera and phone and Audubon Guide and a
bottle of water and headed for Coeur d'Alene park down
the street. I had made the attempt a few days before,
but didn't do so well. This time things went better in
spite of the higher temperature.
It wasn't the best day to take pictures — sunny with
few clouds. I've always preferred to take photos on
overcast days, where the light is less of a problem.
My neighborhood of Spokane, Browne's Addition, has a
lot of trees. In fact most of the North-South running
streets are named after trees — Maple, Elm, Hemlock,
Chestnut, Oak, etc.
This photo is taken looking West down 2nd Avenue towards
the park. It is lined with Maples — which I didn't recognize
until I looked at the leaves and they looked like the
Canadian flag. Duh! Some are large and old and some are
smaller and young.
Some of the smaller Maples towards the park are sick.
I don't know what is wrong with them but it might be
Anthracnose, as we did have a cool, very wet Winter.
This is a sad thing, as these were the maples which
were planted only a few years ago following the Ice
Storm of 1996, which destroyed a bunch of trees along
that section of the block. I hope we don't lose these
(My thanks to Linda for her help and the link.)
The NE point of Coeur d'Alene Park looking SW.
The park is only about 2 x 2 blocks square, but
somehow feels a lot bigger once you start walking
around in it. The central feature of the park is
the Gazebo. There used to be a children's wading
pool there, but due to safety concerns they closed
it and substituted a couple of those water machines
that are so popular right now. It also features a
full-size basketball court and a tennis court.
This one is a Cedar of some sort. I think. LOL.
I don't know what this one is. I did a search in my
Guide for a tree with irregular edges to the leaves
and, as you can see, it is deeply veined. It is similar
to a few fruit trees such as the Currant but I don't
ever remember any fruit on these trees.
Don't know about this bush either, but it might be some
sort of Nettle. In any case the rhubarb-colored stems
really stand out.
Pretty — but once again unidentified.
Coeur d'Alene Park is dominated by huge Grand Fir trees,
or basically as I've always called them pine trees, all
around 150' tall.
This old fir is about as scarred up as I am. But I love
the forms of it.
I decided to lay down on my back on a stretch of shaded
grass and look up at the pine trees. Ah, they seem to
stretch all the way up to the heavens, yeah?
I got home from my walk with a bit of residual energy,
which surprised me greatly. And I also kept asking myself
after the trip how anyone could actually learn Botany with
all of the different trees and shrubs and flowers out there
— no thanks, I'll stick with archaeology.
I have lived in Browne's Addition for 14 years. Coeur
d'Alene Park has become almost like my backyard over
that time. And there is so much of my personal history
connected with the park — friends, walks with my dog
Baron, art festivals, music events, picnics — in
sickness, and in health.