Hurricane Evan Part 2: The Aftermath
The Hurricane did tons of damage. The rivers and creeks overflowed and washed away homes and everything in their paths and flooded ...
Our property at Malifa had several meters of property washed away. Luckily the trees and plants I had planted mimimised the loss. After the Hurricane I could not help noticing how the root systems of the avocado trees, Indonesian Wax Roses and Torch Gingers could be seen holding the remaining embankment together. These avocado trees that certain people had criticised me for planting. Interestingly and sadly I could not help wondering how much more would have been saved had the breadfruit trees and Fuafua trees that had been chopped down had been retained.
I know grass is a plant but the root systems of lawns will do very little to prevent erosion. As for cutting down sickly or unsightly trees or trees that are too big and pose a danger in high winds; that is fine as long as you replace them with another tree. Actually my preference is for the rule of planting at least two trees for every tree you cut down.
Unfortunately here in Samoa there is this insane mania for cutting down trees and either not replacing them or replacing them with what I call excuses for trees.Torch Gingers before Cyclone Evan (Malifa)
Torch gingers after Cyclone Evan (Malifa)
Yet even with all the death and destruction caused by the cyclone nature is resuming its activity and there are some startling moments of surreal beauty all the more stunning because of the stark contrast between the destruction and devastation surrounding you.
Photo of Zepheranthes flower budsBut now its a totally different story as there are a multitude of buds and the seed load will be exponentially bountiful indeed.
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