resilience – SOLC 2017 #21

The Bradford pear tree does not enjoy the favored stature that it once had.

There was a time when people planted them everywhere and couldn’t get enough of their lacy white blooms and beautiful oval shape. A neighboring community was just developing its town center back then and planted these trees all over, knowing they would grow quickly and fill out symmetrically.  They even had a spring Pear Festival in their honor.

Now they have fallen from that favor and are dismissed, even disgraced, for their smelly aroma and their tendency to split and break apart over time.

Some, however, seem stronger than others. Maybe they are a different variety, or were planted in better soil, or are out of harm’s way when the winds blow through. This tree-lined driveway takes my breath away when viewed with sunlight pouring through its newborn blossoms. (I was a little late in snapping a photo this year.)

On one side of our sloping lake property these Bradford pears prove that some CAN withstand the winds that blow.

Bent but not broken. (The trees look better than the fence.)


6 thoughts on “resilience – SOLC 2017 #21

  1. elsie says:

    Bradfords are beautiful in bloom and shape. It breaks my heart to see one that splits down the middle from a wind storm. I know I should hate them, but I can’t.

  2. blkdrama says:

    Bravo!. I’m not crazy about eating pears but I love their resistance 🙂

  3. Lisa L2L4L says:

    We have several of these and love that they are resilient, and also feel bereft when one suffers damage thanks to an Indiana storm. I love you line: “viewed with sunlight pouring through its newborn blossoms” – lovely!

  4. SO so beautiful. I saw some incredible and persistent Bradford Pears in Rhode Island. They were leaning from years of wind, but blooming in their magnificent glory.

  5. Alice Nine says:

    Lovely… beautiful driveway! “Bent but not broken” — life is like that.

  6. The resilience of Pear trees -withstanding the dictates of tree fashion and the winds of time too. I enjoyed your celebration of these trees, this fruit and your words were further enhanced by your use of photographs to illustrate your point. Praise be to Pears!

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