We discovered a great disappointment yesterday–the huge pine tree along the lagoon bordering the eleventh fairway is gone! There is no clue as to what happened to the tree, but whatever the fate the “scene of the crime/disaster” has been swept clean. No stump remains and the new plantings look to be well established, concealing the past history of the spot from all but our memories.
This pine was a favorite landmark on my early morning walks the past two winters and from beneath it I watched the osprey pair that nested in that tree. We didn’t observe any young there last year or the year before, but we had many sightings of the pair in the tree and on the nest. I even photographed the male osprey devouring a fish in that tree last year. We’re so sad that this spectacular display won’t be available to us again.