July 17, 2014
Today’s picture looks pretty uninteresting. And it kinda is, at least until you hear the back story.
Today has been a wet, rainy, stormy grey day in Edmonton. But, with most storms, comes lightning, and this stump is all that now remains of a tree that was stuck by lightning in Old Strathcona. I learned about this tree this afternoon through the Global News story. It was surprising for a couple of reasons, the first being that you rarely see stories of lightning strikes in urban areas. The second, because it happened only 3 blocks from where I live!
After work I walked up in the light rain to get a picture. I knew the cross streets but was unsure I was going the right direction down 85 Ave until I saw bits of bark and tree shred up and scattered across the sidewalk. The city has done a great job of cleaning up any hazards and will soon, I’m sure, put a new tree in to grow tall and majestic like it’s neighbours.
Today’s picture is of what remains of a once great tree and serves as a reminder that, even in the heart of the city, Mother Nature is closer than you think.