The coast redwoods in the southeast corner of the park were pruned of most of their low branches last week, resulting in a significant change of appearance. Long a focus of community stewardship efforts, the coast redwoods at the park's eastern edge exist in a few different clusters - at the two eastern corners of the park and behind the McKinley Monument. This ambitious pruning is a sign that the city is increasing its efforts to take care of the trees in the Panhandle.
|From inside the park, the facade of Mt Zion Baptist is more visible than in recent history.|
|With the low-hanging branches removed, the massive trunks of the redwoods make an even more dramatic statement.|
|Still shady, but less gloomy at the southeast corner.|
|By contrast, the north-side redwoods haven't been recently pruned, and branches dip within reach.|