Wild Black Cherries Wild Black Cherries The wild black cherries were just beginning to ripen when the tree came down two weeks ago.The day it fell was sunny, hot and still, rain fell overnight and the next day was drizzly and cool. We could use a little of that cool now. Now that all the trees have been removed or groomed, bring on the storms. I know all the birds will miss this tree—the berries for the next month as they ripened, providing moisture and food in the hottest month and as birds began to migrate, the woodpeckers in winter hammered away at the bark top to bottom, crows gathered at the top, and the hawk regularly perched there to observe the yard and the neighborhood. And most years there was a Baltimore oriole nest hanging at the end of a branch somewhere. I know I heard them this year, but I hadn’t yet found the nest. Their sounds have been absent since then, but I think the littles would have fledged before the tree fell. . . . . . . . Follow me on Instagram. Visit my photography galleries on Portraits of Animals. All images used on this site are copyrighted to Bernadette E. Kazmarski unless otherwise noted and may not be used without my written permission. Please ask if you are interested in using one in a print or internet publication. If you are interested in purchasing a print of this image or a product including this image, visit my galleries of Photography on Portraits of Animals to see if I have it available already. If you don’t find it there, visit “Custom Prints” for availability and terms. I'll be more than happy to make a print for you. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... Related Post navigation Morning HarvestLadies’ Dresses 6 Comments So sorry to hear that you lost your tree; they are so beautiful and, after oaks, the most important tree for pollinators. I have a young one over my patio and hope it stays around for a very long time. Loading... Reply Lynn, I loved that tree. It was another “weed” that sprouted when the yard was unkempt and was at least 40 feet tall when I moved n 26 years ago. I’ve been aware of its fragility for a while. The wood is full of sugar that is so attractive to all the insects that live under its bark, and it always feels a little damp. It’s dropped a few branches over the past few years and was hit by lightning two years ago, but it was the living portion of the tree that fell. Poignantly, I also lost my brother around this time, and thought of you who also recently lost your brother. I am going to share the post about him here now too. Loading... Reply Bernadette, so sorry to hear about your brother, you have my deep sympathy. I look forward to reading your post about him. Loading... Reply Here is the link. http://www.bernadettestoday.com/2016/08/13/about-my-brother/ Loading... Reply Thank you Bernadette; these are always difficult situations that call to us and our best impulses. I am glad that Nikka was returned to you. Loading... Another observation of the passing of the tree. I cleaned up a little more of the side yard and realized it’s pretty much as it was when I moved in and the cherry was small–good sun but north facing. I can rebuild my bioswales and replant my cottage garden among the rocks, and maybe remove the lilac I’d only intended to heel in and replace it with the dogwood I really wanted there, by the bird feeder. That corner of my vegetable garden can thrive now. Loading... Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.