After watching videos about the history of the 6th&B Garden I wandered over to Tompkins to see what I could capture of the park in the dark without a tripod. I rested my camera on the fences to get these shots.
Next to the Krishna Tree in the central plaza of the park is another American Elm that I call the Leaning Elm. It leans at about a 45 degree angle and is supported by two cables attached to the upright and strong Krishna Tree. I think there is a case to be made that they support each other.
I knew these park’s arborists were checking out the health of the tree when I saw them tapping the trunk with a mallet and figured it was some form of tomography. I’m glad they are taking such care to quantify the structural integrity of the tree. We don’t want to lose this treasure of a tree, but it does lean over the benches and it could be a disaster if it fell. We’ve lost three American Elms in the park this years so far. One bit of good news is that there are plans to plant new blight resistant cultivars of American Elms in the park. Picus Sonic Tomograph