Trees Atlanta

There are several little disadvantages to living in a tree-filled city.

For example, there’s a giant pecan tree over my driveway and house that might as well be a giant aerosol gun filled with sap. The tree also thumps my roof with falling pecans 50 times a day each late summer/early fall.

To top is all off (and sadly, this isn’t a joke), the same pecan tree is home to a family of incontinent doves that nest directly over the driver’s side windshield of my car.

As annoying as all that is, there’s actually a much bigger disadvantage to having so many friggin’ trees in this city.


I took this on Moreland Avenue near Ponce De Leon at about 1:30 this morning. Scary as it looks, the car’s cabin wasn’t dented. If you look up, you can see that a powerline caught the tree and spared the car (and the people inside it) the brunt of the tree’s mass.

With Hurricane Dennis about to dump more rain on the already soaked Atlanta Metro area, expect a dozen scenes like this around the city in the next couple of days.

Oh, and hats off to the city for leaving a tree on a power line, perilously perched over a busy road. I first saw the scene at 10 PM. When I drove home at 1:30, it was still there, and drivers were passing underneath it.

2 Comments so far

  1. Lori (unregistered) on July 11th, 2005 @ 11:42 am

    I saw a giant one down at Ga Tech today on North by the 75/85 overpass. It landed on a white car eerily similar to your pic.

  2. Kent (unregistered) on July 11th, 2005 @ 11:55 am

    There was another down on Tech’s campus this morning at 5th and Techwood.

    It fell on a little bulldozer. At least it could dig itself out, I guess.

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