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  •  My house is in a grove of Giant Sequoias (11+ / 0-)

    Surrounded by a larger area of closely-spaced Douglas firs.

    The trees are big: there are three sequoias on our property, two approximately 3 to 4 feet in diameter at chest height, the third about 7 feet in diameter.

    One of the most pleasant things to do on summer evenings is to sit outside in the back sipping wine and watching dusk creep in, the tops of the 150-foot Doug firs across the way brightly illuminated with the reddish-yellow light of the setting sun.

    So last winter in early March the house three doors down sold. The new owners, before even spending a year on the property to understand how wonderful their trees were, had the arrogance to fell four Giant Sequoias in their backyard -- the maximum possible to remove without going through public review for a city permit.

    I guess they wanted a little more sun in their backyard.

    As for me, had that been my wish, I would have not bought a house with four mature Giant Sequoias in the yard.  

    So now they have dramatically altered the lighting in the neighborhood, exposed their (poorly cared for) backyard to everyone's view, and had the gall to buy one of these chintzy metal hammock stands when before they could have just strung their hammock between two beautiful giant trees.  

    It makes me sick to think about it.

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