Death of an Osage Orange
A runner breezed past a celebrated Osage Orange tree on Greenspring Avenue on October 22, 2012. It had been saved in the 19th Century when a new road was routed around it. I was photographing the tree, 400 years old, born before Indians deeded the land to Lord Baltimore in 1652. I returned to admire the Orange with a friend a week later, hours after Hurricane Sandy. We found disaster. Sandy had leveled the 76-foot sprawling wonder. One witness survived; a root was upended and emerged like a bird screaming in agony. Workmen put yellow tape around the crime scene.