Maples grow very tall and thin in sheltered ravines. High winds catch leaf canopies and wreak havoc. Luckily, trees fell away from the chapel. A group of alders on my neighbour's side of the ravine lose their footing and hit my shed (left). Snapped-off and damaged maple tree trunks. Lots of cleanup from fallen alders (left) and cottonwoods (right). My neighbour's uprooted alders (left) land on top of my shed, almost reaching my house. When dead trees come down, precious shrubs and bushes get smashed. Straight through the fence! The top half of this downed maple is young, green wood. A rhododendron (left) suffered a hit from a fallen maple.
Snaking cottonwood roots are a constant source of problems. Cobblestone pathways are ofen having to be re-laid because of cottonwood roots. Having been planted too close to the deck and pathways, this flowering plum had to be pulled out. This major root of a flowering cherry had to be amputated, being too close to the surface. A sudden heavy rainstorm washed a gravel path downhill. Lots of broken glass in the bottom of the ravine; people used it as a garbage dump. Bad for dogs' feet!