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Old Posted Dec 31, 2017, 7:11 PM
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I'm failing to understand what's so interesting about this photograph.
Absolutely nothing. I think Genral was making a joke. (If not, I'd also like to know what was so interesting. )
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I'm failing to understand what's so interesting about this photograph.
Me either other than that I wish developers would stop using sycamore trees for landscaping. They only have a lifespan of about 100 years, but can be even less than that. Their trunks tend become hollow once they reach a certain age/height and then they simply fall down. Not to mention they can grow to be about 70 feet tall and have a tendency to lean. Our neighbor's house almost got clobbered by theirs a few years ago when the top 20 feet of the tree (from about 70 feet up) came down during a cold front.
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I'm not sure if there's an official webcam for ZaZa, but if u use The Independent webcam, then click skyline cam, zoom in on the far right u can make out ZaZa peaking over The Silicon Lab building.

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Me either other than that I wish developers would stop using sycamore trees for landscaping. They only have a lifespan of about 100 years, but can be even less than that. Their trunks tend become hollow once they reach a certain age/height and then they simply fall down. Not to mention they can grow to be about 70 feet tall and have a tendency to lean. Our neighbor's house almost got clobbered by theirs a few years ago when the top 20 feet of the tree (from about 70 feet up) came down during a cold front.
It's a pic of the construction. I think. Thanks Kevin about the trees. I like to know that. I'm in anchorage where the Sitka spruces only get to about 70-80 feet. The birch trees here get to about 100', but it only matters now that I'm playing with my flying camera/robot/drone. We also have cottonwood here, but it grows close to water like in Texas. They get really huge, but go unnoticed because they are in valleys.
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Absolutely nothing. I think Genral was making a joke. (If not, I'd also like to know what was so interesting. )
I was unable to see your posted photo right after you posted it so I was just assuming, knowing you, it was probably spectacular and commented on it without seeing it. Apparently I was wrong, AND, not funny.
That being said, slow as the progress has been, it is starting to pick up.
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I actually smiled and laughed reading Genral's response. Classic and great.
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Old Posted Jan 3, 2018, 5:11 PM
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I was unable to see your posted photo right after you posted it so I was just assuming, knowing you, it was probably spectacular and commented on it without seeing it. Apparently I was wrong, AND, not funny.
That being said, slow as the progress has been, it is starting to pick up.
I thought your response was a hilarious tongue in cheek reference to the photo BECAUSE it was not showing up, so you mentioned how beautiful it was. Definitely funny in my book.
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It's a pic of the construction. I think. Thanks Kevin about the trees. I like to know that. I'm in anchorage where the Sitka spruces only get to about 70-80 feet. The birch trees here get to about 100', but it only matters now that I'm playing with my flying camera/robot/drone. We also have cottonwood here, but it grows close to water like in Texas. They get really huge, but go unnoticed because they are in valleys.
My parents had some property out in Cedar Creek, and the backside of the property had a meadow that was wrapped with a small creek. Between the creek and the meadow was a lot of underbrush and some small trees. We cleared out the underbrush and left the trees. In the middle of all that was a huge cottonwood tree too big to put your arms around. My cousin lived across the street and you could see the top of the tree from the 2nd story window of their house.
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Me either other than that I wish developers would stop using sycamore trees for landscaping. They only have a lifespan of about 100 years, but can be even less than that. Their trunks tend become hollow once they reach a certain age/height and then they simply fall down. Not to mention they can grow to be about 70 feet tall and have a tendency to lean. Our neighbor's house almost got clobbered by theirs a few years ago when the top 20 feet of the tree (from about 70 feet up) came down during a cold front.
I'm actually a big proponent of Sycamores, having just recently planted one in my back yard precisely for the height. They are a recommended native species shade tree by both the City of Austin and the National Wildflower Center. They can have some hollowing issues, however that tends to occure during severe droughts and as long as the tree gets some water then it's not as much of an issue. As with many tree species, theres variation, but they can live well over 200 years with some even older. One thing to point out is the city tends to use Mexican Sycamores as opposed to American Sycamores. They can get slightly damaged when we see cold temps like we've just experienced, but they tend to be more heat tolerant and have a gorgeous silver coloration on the underside of their leaves coupled with a whiter trunk than those of their northern cousins, makes it a stunning tree in an urban setting.
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Now Cottonwood Trees are a different story. Personally I like them again due to their height, however I would not recommend planting them around structures. They are short lived anywhere from 100 years to as little as 50. Their wood can easily be weakened and break off, even very large branches. They are best along riparian areas or in ditches where water accumulates and sits.

I know this is off topic but I figured i'd add this in as well regarding tall trees. If you prefer tall trees, 50-100+ feet, these are the best suited to this region. Pecan, Walnut Sycamore, Bald/Montezuma Cypress, Eastern or Shumard Red Oak, Bur Oak. Cedar Elms can also grow very tall if they are in a wooded environment. There are a couple more natives that would also fit the bill but those are the most common options you will find. Live Oaks are of course huge massive trees, however they tend not to get much above 50 feet tall unless in a heavily wooded environment.

Anyways back to ZaZa, looks like maybe the pace has increased, but only a little though...
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