Thursday, August 2, 2018

There was once a lovely garden. Erase una vez un bello jardin



The araucaria, the bamboos, the palms, the mangoes and other trees in all its splendor more than a year ago. La araucaria, y los arboles de bambu, palmas, mangos y otros arboles en todo su esplendor hace aprox 18 meses.

The two-trunk araucaria is a favorite of many birds. Two giant kiskadees during the courting season. La araucaria de doble tronco es uno de los arboles favoritos de las aves. Aqui dos "Luises" (Pitangus sulphuratus) en temporada de cortejo.



The garden, especially the araucaria tree, begins to look sad, neglected. 



Cuernavaca, Morelos Mexico
Winter 2017/2018

To watch a tree being cut down is painful but to watch it die slowly because someone intended to do so is maddening.
During the last months of 2017 and close to home we began to see how a beautiful tall two-trunk araucaria tree was being neglected; then, as the weeks passed it began to dry from top to bottom, and the rest of the garden looked sad and wilted. 
This araucaria, also called "monkey tree", is at least 30 years old according to the neighbors who have lived nearby for many years. It is approximately 12 meters high and provides shade at mid morning and in the afternoon, at sunset.  The endangered trees also include a large cluster of very tall bamboos, some palm trees, two Huayacans and other fruit trees, and buganvilias of assorted colors that surround the walls of the garden.

To make things worse, this time of the year is extremely dry, it does not rain, and the plants, trees and other living beings suffer greatly from lack of water.
But what could be happening to this garden? The property was recently sold, the buyers don't seem to be interested in trees or gardens and are getting ready to build something, we are not sure if it will be a building, another house... 
The awful part is that when we see things like these happening in Cuernavaca the first sensation is that this town is lawless, that (some) people can do as they please regardless of others.

While more and more architects in other cities around the world are willing to protect trees in the design of their housing projects, some (unfortunately) prefer to leave the property completely barren to start building. 
The responsible and ecologically conscious architects are aware that in most cities the presence of trees, and especially a large centennial tree, increase the value of the property, they also know trees are fundamental not only for humans but to all living beings. Without trees there is no photosynthesis and therefore no oxygen, thus no life. Plain and simple. 

Invierno 2017/2018 Cuernavaca, Morelos


Ver como talan a un árbol es muy doloroso pero ver como muere lentamente porque alguien lo ha querido así es desquiciante. En los últimos meses del 2017, cerca de nuestra casa, comenzamos a ver que se estaba secando de arriba hacia abajo una monumental araucaria de doble tronco. Asimismo, el gran jardín donde se encuentran este y otros arboles se ve triste y deteriorado. El jardín también incluye un gran conjunto de bambúes muy altos, por lo menos dos huayacanes rosas, algunos frutales, palmeras, y buganvilias de diversos colores en los muros que rodean el predio.
Según los vecinos que tienen más tiempo en esta zona, la araucaria tiene por lo menos 30 años, tiene (tuvo) una altura de aproximadamente 12 metros que daba sombra a media mañana hacia el frente de esta zona y por la tarde antes de la puesta del sol hacia atrás, viendo hacia el oriente.
Para agravar mas las cosas la temporada de invierno y comienzo de la primavera es muy seca, casi no llueve y esto afecta gravemente a los arboles y a toda la biodiversidad. 
Pero que esta pasando en este lugar? 
Cuando comenzamos a ver la falta de mantenimiento del jardín y que se secaba la araucaria nos enteramos que la propiedad fue vendida. Alguien comento por ahí que estaban secando a la araucaria a propósito porque "les estorbaba" para su construcción. Alarmados por esa posibilidad algunos vecinos pusimos una queja en el ayuntamiento preocupados por no ver permisos de ningún tipo exhibidos al publico como debe hacerse, y porque pareciera que algunas personas actúan al margen de la ley sin ningún problema y sin importarles los demas.  
Por otro lado, mientras vemos que cada vez surgen arquitectos en todo el mundo que son mas responsables y conscientes de la importancia de cuidar el medio ambiente, y que posiblemente saben que en la mayoria de las grandes ciudades del mundo la plusvalía de una propiedad aumenta si se respetan los arboles que ya estaban allí, y sobretodo si es un árbol monumental como este.
A otros, y desgraciadamente una mayoría, no les importan los arboles y antes de construir prefieren "limpiar" todo el terreno y dejarlo estéril y libre de arboles.

Los arquitectos y constructores que tienen mayor responsabilidad ecológica están conscientes que los arboles son fundamentales en la vida de los seres humanos y todos los seres vivos porque además de proveernos de grandes beneficios, el fundamental es que nos dan oxigeno. Así de sencillo.

February 2018

Early in the morning of the first day of February the neighborhood was startled by the noise of machetes cutting branches. We saw two men climbing the two-trunk araucaria armed with ropes, saws and machetes. After more than eight hours the tree was cut down to the middle, presumably only the top dried branches and trunks were removed, and the "live" bottom part of the tree was left standing. 
We assume that whoever cut the tree knows about trees and respects them and hopefully what remains of the tree has been "saved". However, the suspense throughout the month has been awful because it is still not clear what is going to be built here.


The dried top section of the araucaria is cut on February 1, 2018. The rest (healthy section) of the tree is left intact, so far. La seccion superior de la araucaria que se seco es cortada el primero de febrero, 2018 y la parte inferior sana del arbol esta intacta, por lo pronto.

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A curve-billed thrasher on top of the mutilated Araucaria tree. Un cuitlacoche sobre el tronco mutilado del arbol.








A ladder-backed woodpecker perched on a the branch of one of the bamboos.






And the construction of what appears to be a two or perhaps a three-storey house is underway everyday from 8AM to 6PM sharp, except Sundays.
It seems they have respected the life of the araucaria and as far as we can (still) see the tree looks alive and healthy. 

July 30, 2018

A lot has occurred these past few months. The Araucaria tree despite having being cut almost halfway is alive, well and standing. The house that was built in four months right next to the mutilated tree and is a white mass of two ugly separate blocks, and as of today continues to be uninhabited.
The bamboo trees behind the construction were also cut almost completely two weeks ago. However, the trees (bamboo) were not destroyed and hopefully were just trimmed  to grow back again. 
To be continued.

30 de julio, 2018

Mucho ha sucedido en estos ultimos meses. A pesar de que mutilaron la Araucaria casi a la mitad el arbol aun vive, y continua de pie. La casa que contruyeron justo a lado del arbol es una masa blanca de dos bloques feos. Hasta la fecha continua deshabitada.
El gran conjunto de arboles de bambu detras de la construccion tambien fue cortado practicamente a la mitad. Sin embargo, no fueron talados por completo y esperemos que solo fue una poda para que vuelvan a crecer. 
Continuara.



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