When I got home last night I was in a hurry. It was a little while later that I saw what had happened. One tree had vanished from the neighbourhood skyline completely. Where previously there was a huge lemon-scented gum, now there is this.
The other tree has been severely lopped. It is the kind of lopping that takes place when no care needs to be taken. The kind of lopping that means this tree will not be there when I get home from work today. This one, too, we believed had been saved from being felled by a government department. Now it is to be felled by the property owner.
This morning I came home from my run and there were many native birds flying through it and calling. Tonight I expect there will be total silence and an uninterrupted view of the sky where once it stood. Every single tree on that block will have been felled. These were the two largest trees in the street where they stood.
Speechless and sad.