A Daily Walk With DietPower
Walking is the best exercise for weight loss. And the things you see!
I have passed this century-old ash tree nearly every day for 16 years, and come to know it as a friend. Now my old friend is dying. Last spring, its leaves emerged small and sparse. This spring, only a few scattered branches have any leaves at all.
I guessed that the tree had been discovered by the Emerald Ash Borer, a beetle from Asia that is thought to have arrived in the United States in packing crates more than a decade ago. It was first discovered in Michigan in 2002, and has since spread to many states and killed at least 25 million ash trees. Some experts predict that it will drive the ash tree to virtual extinction, like the American Elm. But nowhere could I find reports of its having reached Connecticut.
I phoned entomologist Louis Magnarelli, my state's chief plant regulatory official. He said that the beetle probably won't arrive in Connecticut for eight years or so. More likely, he said, the tree is dying either because it can't compete with the sugar maples springing up around it, or from Yellowing Disease, thought to be caused by a fungus or some other pathogen. Ash trees are also vulnerable to drought.
A 97-year-old ash tree died in my own back yard several years ago, and I still miss it. I haven't planted a replacement tree, partly because I know I'll be retired in a sunnier clime before the new tree becomes huge and wonderful like the old.
This reminds me of a Chinese adage: "The best time to plant a tree is 25 years ago."
About this page: Precisely at noon each day, I step out of my office for a 3.5-mile walk around my Connecticut neighborhood. I carry a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TX5 pocket camera with a Leica 10x optical zoom lens. My object is to make an interesting photograph of at least one thing that is different that day. I post the results here, hoping they will inspire you and your friends to walk, too. —Terry Dunkle, DietPower founder and CEO.
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All My Yesterdays
Tuesday, May 19: Crow vs. Hawk
Monday, May 18: Yours Truly
Sunday, May 17: A Wild Geranium
Saturday, May 16: War Flowers
Friday, May 15: A Mysterious Barn
Thursday, May 14: Who Invented the Microscope?
Wednesday, May 13: The Kitchen Sink
Tuesday, May 12: Slow Down!
Monday, May 11: What Lilacs Are For
Sunday, May 10: Mama Butterfly
Saturday, May 9: Gone to Seed
Friday, May 8: A Pack of Boston Terriers
Thursday, May 7: Underground Passage
Wednesday, May 6: White Violet
Tuesday, May 5: Singing His Heart Out
Monday, May 4: Kenny's Secret
Sunday, May 3: Monument to an Afternoon
Saturday, May 2: Gasoline Rainbow
Friday, May 1: The Duck and the Bashful Maiden
Thursday, April 30: A Poison Ivy Sandwich
Wednesday, April 29: The Very Picture of Spring
Tuesday, April 28: A Busy Bumblebee
Monday, April 27: Electric Pink
Sunday, April 26: Saturday Night Special
Saturday, April 25: An Old Oak Falls
Friday, April 24: How an Ant Sees a Daffodil
Thursday, April 23: The Nameless Brook
Wednesday, April 22: Weeding Time
Tuesday, April 21: Wet Apple Buds
Monday, April 20: Mr. Allen and the Crew Team
Sunday, April 19: Bloodroot II
Saturday, April 18: Green Jellybeans
Friday, April 17: Bloodroot
Thursday, April 16: Skunk Cabbage III
Wednesday, April 15: Find the Critter
Tuesday, April 14: Blessing of the Animals
Monday, April 13: The Crow Who Said "Wow!"
Sunday, April 12: A Quirky Church
Saturday, April 11: Self-Portrait in a Pothole
Friday, April 10: Easter flowers
Thursday, April 9: Dumb as a Squirrel
Wednesday, April 8: April Snow
Tuesday, April 7: Egg Trees, Connecticut Style
Monday, April 6: I Carry My Lunch
Sunday, April 5: A Tree in Spring
Saturday, April 4: Pigs with Drivers Licenses
Friday, April 3: Forsythia
Thursday, April 2: Skunk Cabbage II
Wednesday, April 1: Mystery of the Hanging Shoes
Tuesday, March 31: Downy Woodpecker
Monday, March 30: 300-Year-Old House
Sunday, March 29: The Broken Fence
Saturday, March 28: "You're Such a Delight"
Friday, March 27: Skunk Cabbage
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