Gnarly, cantankerous giants


The Champlain Oaks are not polite trees. They’re not cute like baby seals, treat or gentle like pandas.

Each one has a mind of its own – and is very, look very set in its quirky ways. All of which is probably appropriate for these the most senior citizens of our ‘hood.

  • Their branches kink and curl in all directions.
  • Their acorns are furry weirdos of the forest – like chesnuts that decided to dress like pimps.
  • The wood is spongey and odd.
  • The bark is jagged and cryptic.
  • They push things aside as they grow. 

So don’t love these things because they’re tame. Love them for the opposite. They’re a stark reminder of how wild this place once was.

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  1. Daniel Buckles
    Daniel Buckles November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am | | Reply

    Gnarly cantankerous giants? Yes, this is the uncultivated biodiversity of the land, irrepressible (not unlike some neighbours).

  2. Dennis Van Staalduinen
    Dennis Van Staalduinen November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am | | Reply

    Thanks Daniel. I’m sure sometimes Jeanette wishes I were more, um, repressible.

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