Monday 2 January 2012: View From the Top
My son the Tree Guy jokingly says there are two kinds of trees: pruners and removals. This one's a removal: an old elm that was eating the deck of the house across the street. The homeowners will rest easier, knowing that those heavy branches are no longer brushing the roof, and the ever-expanding trunk will not break through any more fence rails.
He spends his days swinging through trees of all kinds, pruning, removing, saving, rejuvenating. He always lets me know if there's a photo op nearby, and I never tire of watching him work; I'm in awe of the precision and focus it takes to make sure he gets home for dinner in one piece. It's an amazing career.