|Is this a Walnut? Could it be a child of the Judson Walnut?|
A little more than a block away from the Judson Black Walnut that overlooks Gilmore Field, another "walnut-y" tree lined the walk for a very nice little cottage.
The Judson tree is especially venerable. It was planted in 1863, but because it's in a back yard and on private property, it's a little hidden and not something easy to appreciate. From the street you can see most of the upper half, but not the trunk and where it roots and meets the ground. (Apparently there's an old Rose bush near it also.)
So how old is this other grand tree? And if it's a Walnut also, did a bird drop it, or was it planted deliberately by an early homeowner? It frames the steps and walk for the current house very nicely, and maybe it's only as old as the house. But since it's so close to the Judson tree, it is reasonable to ask if it's related.
|At the Setziol rocks, some trees are beginning to bloom|
On Liberty at Mill Race Park, the prospect of blossoming trees promised to show the Setziol piece to best advantage. The piece seems like it belongs in a Japanese rock garden rather than a Brutalist expanse of "park." I think the Public Art Commission misjudged the site. On a glorious day, there was no foot traffic, no visitors in the park. Even with Gamberetti's patio nearby, it's an empty space we ornament with art, trees, and the edges and angles of 70s landscaping in concrete. Still, this is a time of year when it seems especially likely to vibrate with life. Check out the park and sculpture on a sunny day in the next couple of weeks.
The small covering that looked like a black mourning band finally went away some time ago on the Supreme Court building rehabilitation, and there is no better time than now, before the trees start to leaf out, to admire the glazed terra cotta detailing on our oldest State government building. It's just so lovely.
|Supreme Court building of 1914 - W.C. Knighton|
|On the side of the Supreme Court - A cork oak?|
|Demolition finally at Mission and 12th|
|The service station boarded up, before demolition|
|And at Leslie and 12th, staging for demolition - permit in review|
Did you see any interesting new things when you were out over the weekend?