Thursday, August 21, 2008

Trimming the Paris trees...

Following to yesterday's debate in the comments on the meaning of "Se raccrocher aux branches" - hi Guille! -, I thought this was the most appropriate photo du jour! Soon it will be fall and this morning, I happened to witness a tree triming. Doing a little research on the web, I found out that there are no less than 95 000 trees in the streets of Paris (that does not include the ones in gardens, woods, etc.) and that each of them is identified by a chip that allows the city gardeners to know everything about their history! Dingue non?


  1. Seriously, a chip? That is amazing and cool at the same time. These trees not only provide shade, but jobs for all the upkeep.

  2. Ahhh, I get it.. So THIS is how you take over PDP, uh? ;)

  3. He does seem to like that position . . . ;-)

  4. Wow, I've heard about chips for pets, but for trees? That's a new one. Congrats GF Tomate!
    And once again Eric is down near the pavement getting that unique shot for us. You are so good to do it, Eric!
    Seattle Daily Photo

  5. Sorry, Kim, tomate isn't GF because it requires two sentences on the subject of the photo. from cali gets it this time.
    But, yes, there is that famous Tenin angle again. The other day I found myself down on the floor with my camera at Grand Central Terminal, and I thought, "I'm channeling Eric!"

  6. ha ha tomate! That was my first thought too!

    There has to be a new nickname for Eric in here somewhere.

  7. That's interesting. Sacramento, where I live, is called the "City of Trees" because we have (or used to have) more trees per square mile than any other in the state. I wonder how that compares to Paris. I also doubt that the Americans are at all concerned about the history of the trees over here, but it's an interesting idea.

    The only time we ever pay attention to the trees is in the winter when they fall over on cars and houses after the rains.

  8. I can see how that would be helpful to the people who have to care for the trees, but at what point do we become too dependant on technology? When we start electronically tagging our trees to make sure they're still growing?

  9. Eric you risked life and limb to get this shot for us! (Sorry, I couldn't resisit.) Can it really be true that there are 108 lumberjacks in Paris? Now I'll have to learn the Monty Python Lumberjack song in French!

  10. Katie, are you trying to say he almost got into an ass-ident?

  11. I love the shot. Microchips in trees, huh? Hey, if it helps them get care and live longer, why not?

    In Pasadena we supposedly have at least one tree per capita. I don't know if that's true. The trees called Live Oaks are protected by law; even if one grows on your property it's illegal to cut it down. We have all kinds of tree regulations I won't bore you with.

  12. Ha, Ha, Ha, Katie! Life and Limb indeed. Great shot, Eric. The lengths you'll go to for us!!

  13. Identified by a chip...? And to think some people say european countries aren't modern!

    I had heard of dogs being identified by a chip, but not trees, just imagine what they do to keep track of the beloved pets. Parisian dogs probably have ID's or something similar to social security numbers!!!

  14. Eric,
    Good time to ask. When in Paris last, I noticed especially the trees in Tuilieries were all trimmed perfectly straight across the top. We were there in March so the trees were bare. Do you know how they are trimmed? We call the devices cherry pickers , the buckets that lift the workers up high, but I would love to see them in action.

  15. To me, this photo said, Oh, look what I found on the ground. I like it when the sun shines through the leaves like that. Some transparent and some opaque. I did a painting once of a branch from a Cherry tree. The leaves are maroon (sort of); when the light shines through, they are red. It was a 3-D painting. I was experimenting with 3-D at the time.

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  17. Thank you Eric for "treeting" us to this interesting perspective and information about the tracking of arbres in Paris. I'll "leave" the rest of you nuts to it now...

  18. Sorry, I can't resist. And since I'll be too busy today to comment, I'll throw these ones at ya...

    Q: What did the tree wear to the pool party?
    A: Swimming trunks!

    Q: What did the beaver say to the tree?
    A: It's been nice gnawing you!

    Q: Why did the leaf go to the doctor?
    A: It was feeling green!

    Q: What is a tree's least favorite month?
    A: Sep-timber!

    Q: What kind of tree can fit into your hand?
    A: A palm tree!

    Q: How do trees get on the internet?
    A: They log in."

  19. Top 10 list of things that Parisian trees might say:

    10. Get that pate out of my knothole
    9. That dog can pinot a grigio with the best of them
    8. Geeze a Microchip! I need that like I need a root canal
    7. More pigeons! There goes the neighborhood
    6. Velibs really chaff my bark
    5. Some are born chips off the old block, we've got chips under our bark
    4. Let's sneeze a breeze and get those skirts to fly
    3. Should I wear my hair in a bee hive or a bird's nest today?
    2. Hey kid, quit climbing and get me a baguette
    1. ET is my personal photographer!

  20. Eric, 'ça tombe à pic'! (it matches perfectly, it happens in the right time). An other idiomatic expression. I know that the PDPers would have asked for the translation. ;)

    The fact that chips are used to recognize each tree doesn't really surprise me because the regulation concerning environment is quite impressive and serious, but I'm flabbergasted by the number of them! 95 000!
    "soon, it will be fall", please Eric stop it! One month left!

    Michael and Coltrane, en grande forme aujourd'hui, you made me laugh! I'm bad in English play on words so I really appreciate your comments!

    Guille, who can't believe that she influenced the master's post!!

  21. Eric, does this interest in trees mean you may be BRANCHING out in another direction?..... he he. By the way, can anybody tell me the type name of the beautiful trees that line blvd st michel?

  22. oops!! meant type, not type name!

  23. I have just returned from a week in Paris and, I must admit, as I took in the many beautiful sights, I looked for M. Tenin and his camera - I checked for someone on the ground, since he goes to great lengths to get fantastic camera angles.
    Paris is lovely, as it always is, and I spent a good deal of time as a flaneuse (sp?), strolling through quiet streets and taking photos of anything that interested me. (Walking in Eric's footsteps?)
    I visited Paris Plage, saw children playing in the sand and grown-ups lounging on beach chairs reading or sunning themselves. I walked and trained to many other Paris neighborhoods, as well. Paris never disappoints.
    My memories of Paris this summer will keep me warm in the cold New England winter to come and Paris Daily Photo will warm my heart, a part of which is always in Paris.

  24. Oh thank God. At first glance i thought this was another merde de trottoir.

  25. he he Michael!

    Hi Guille too! Something you may like to see at my blog today!

  26. And I thought that the trees in the Bois de Boulogne and elsewhere were simply aware that they were living in Paris and so naturally behaved themselves to perfection by growing up mannerly and neatly and never shedding a leaf. Well, that is the appearance the trees give one . . .

  27. Guille, I'm charmed that you used the word "flabbergasted." It's a wonderful word.

    I also loved the square trees in Paris. So French.

  28. They start out by putting chips in trees, then pets. No one is too concerned. Then sex offenders will be implanted. Next, convicts and newly arrived immigrants. By then it'll be too late. A law will be passed, citing the war against terrorism, and everyone will have one.

    I think I may already have one, as a matter of fact. I sometimes have a little tingling sensation in my right elbow. Last week, in the middle of the night, I thought I heard the 9th Ode to Joy emit from near my buttoclas régione. Pretty soon I'll be receiving faxes out of my ...

    I think it's time we all WAKE UP, don't you?

  29. You all have heard me talk about my Baron, and how he likes Eric's photos. My Baron is quiet. However yesterday he said, "You guys are funny, those are some funny comments...." I just thought I would pass this message alone since I know we have a large audience out there that doesn't comment, and loves us.

  30. Interesting link, and I like the normal/everyday subject of the photo. Very Impressionistic, a la Caillebotte. (I was instructed in the correct pronounciation of this name by une petite diable du lombards.)

  31. The leaves look like they're from a Chinese Pistache - pinnate, opposite. They have spectacular color in autumn.

  32. Hey Petrea, i found some more old slides (at my blog) including one with a Paris sign on!


    I'm not sure where i took it(1979) - can anyone take a guess?

  33. The things they use technology for these days...

  34. I just wanted to add that it seems to me there are much better and more productive things they could be using it on than finding out when the last time the 95,000 man-planted trees were trimmed. Who cares? Just cut it when it needs to be cut, and if it's dead, pull it out. For goodness' sake - let's use the technology to dig wells for African students and build homes for the children of prostitutes in India.

    Please do not take this as a slam on France - the entire modern world does it, including my own country.

  35. chips or sheeps marks [hi mickael] i dont care but trees would be for me in paris the top priority against pollution and warm weather, to attach your bike, walk the dog or admire the color in october
    tonight i am going to sing as robert [eris' fan club is too girly it s not good for his ego ;-]]

  36. Jeff, Lois told me I was an Angel, not a diable(sse) des Lombards. ;)

    Hi Lynn! Nice to see u.

  37. Guille,
    you influence us all!!!!!!!!

    Lynn, I´ll try to pop up at your blog today..!

  38. It was great to see you there Monica!!!

    Hi Guille, I've missed you. What a great profile pic you have there.

  39. Excellent concept Lynn on your blog. I love the slide(s) effect!

  40. Virginia "Do you know how they are trimmed? We call the devices cherry pickers , the buckets that lift the workers up high, but I would love to see them in action." Well they simply use chain saw and cranes as far as I'm aware of.

    Rainie "Paris never disappoints." I think this should be our next city motto ;)

    Lynn "At first glance i thought this was another merde de trottoir." Tss, tss, these do not exist anymore Lynn ;))))

    Petrea. I see you were flabbergasted by Guille 's vocabulary ;)

    Luggi "
    I think it's time we all WAKE UP, don't you?" Luggi you make it sound like we all have a chip on our shoulder!

    Hello dear quiet Baron...

    Lynn, I love your photos ;)

  41. Re Becky's comment: Managing an urban forest is a huge project. There are too many trees to just drive around and look at them to see if they need care. Just like roads, sewers, and any other municipal system, tracking the trees' health and maintenance is vital. Such a system allows for more efficient--and thus more reliable--care of an important amenity.