Saturday, 18 October 2008

Brenda's Photo Challange - Old

Sycamores wereAustria's Empress Sissi's favourite trees.
Therefore, Vienna's famous Ring Straße is lined with sycamores.
The trees were planted around 1865.
Quite old!

But this sycamore is still older.
I guess it is at least 200 years old.

It is one of Vienna's 429 registered natural monuments
and it is my favourite tree in Vienna :)

The town administration's environmental section keeps a list of natural monuments which are under special protection.

Presently, an underground garage is being planned nearby.
An expertise will examine if the garage could harm the old tree's root system.

I do hope that no garage will be built at all
and that people will use public transport instead of cars!
In Vienna it is NOT SO DIFFICULT to do completely without a private car.

An OLD wish of mine...

Click on the image above and you will find many more old things from all around the globe!
Have a nice weekend!


Maria said...

You can visit this old tree here in Vienna at the following address:
Dr. Karl Lueger-Platz, 1st District.
It's just a few minutes from Hotel Hilton am Stadtpark, so walk across Ring Straße and here you are! :)

marina said...

We have many trees of this kind in Greece, especially near the rivers. They do like water you know!

Jeanette said...

That is a beautiful old tree. I hope that they don't build that garage either. It must be very nice to not have to drive everywhere you go!

Webradio said...

Vienna is a beautiful town !

Your photos are so beautiful...
Great shot for the tree !

Jeanne said...

Love that old tree. The histoy in Europe is so amazing and hard to comprehend in our own adolescent country. Hope they have the wisdom not to do anything that will damage the tree. Thanks for sharing and visiting my blog Maria!

Donna said...

There are so many grand, old things in Vienna, you could have entertained us for hours! Love that old tree! Every trip I take, I end up photographing trees! Great job on this challenge, once again.

Small City Scenes said...

I hope they don't build the garage either. I love trees and we need them so we can breathe. I have four huge Sycamore trees in my yard. They are beautiful too and drop great piles of leaves---but I recycle--they make great mulch. Come see my camping photos they are on my smallcityscenes blog and also on my blog. MB

Joseph Pulikotil said...

Hi Maria :)

Very informative post with excellent photos! I hope your concern comes to the notice of the authorities concerned.

Here in Kochi, we had some good trees with lovely flowers growing on the Marine Drive. When Abdul Kalam was the President of India, these trees were mindlessly cut down by the contractor who was building a helipad for the President's visit.

There was a huge hue and cry from the public and several articles were written in the news papers comdemning the heinous act. When the President came to know about this mischief, he pulled up all the government officials and instructed the Collector to plant at least 20 tree saplings in the same place.

During his visit, the first thing the President did was to personally go and check the saplings. I wonder how long it will take for these saplings to grow into a full fledged fowering trees.

Man himself is the biggest enemy of nature. When he is supposed to nurture and protect in his own self interest, he destroys in the name of civilisation and modernisation. No doubt climate change, as result of his irresponsible acts of omissions and commissions, is having devastating effects in many parts of the world.

Thanks for the fantatic post!

Have a wonderful day :)

Brenda said...

Awesome old sycamores! We used to sing a song to our children about a little boy who climbed a sycamore tree to see the Lord. They loved it!
Great photos Maria!

Donna said...

I LOVE the tree!! Such beauty is there!!! Well done!!hughugs

laughingwolf said...

i love all trees! :)

antigoni said...

I like these trees very much. Very beautiful post.

Just Joni said...

I love old trees and your pictures share them's like being there...very beautiful.

Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

I hope they do without that garage, too.

Personally, I can't imagine not having my car. But if my husband would be so kind as to agree with me to move into the city, where I could walk to wherever I needed to go, I'd be willing to give it a shot. lol We were visiting the downtown area of a larger city today (Ft. Worth, Texas) and I almost had him talked into living there. So much to do, no worries with cars or lawms to mow....but he's still not completely convinced. (sigh) I'll just have to keep trying. lol

Love your pictures!


Nita Jo said...

That Sycamore is beautiful! What lovely photos. Thank you for sharing Vienna with us!

ayamlin said...

Hi maria!
It's very lovely post!
This tree has seen the history in Vienna for 200 years!
It's very romantic. I want the tree to live for a long time:)

Ces said...

That sycamore tree is majestic. May it live for thousands of years.

Barbara Martin said...

To think this old tree has felt so many different vibrations over its lifetime in the square. Maria, this is a beautiful tree and I am glad to read that the City of Vienna is taking care of their natural monuments.