Standing Alone

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Photo copyright: Jules Paige.

The people where worried, some thought that the earths governing body had something to do with what was happening. Others said that it was nature’s revenge for mankind’s abuse of the planet. However most people agreed that something must be done to put things right. To see it standing alone, made humanity worried.

All sorts of schemes were put forward as a solution. The world’s botanists had run out of ideas. Scientists where flummoxed. Administrators shook their heads. Artists had designed and built the lonely one, many companions.

Winter had long gone and spring came and went, still the lone one slept. Botanists prodded and probed, there seemed to be nothing wrong with the one, but still it slept. Summer brought no change. The construction of a protective screen kept the worst of the next winter at bay. Yet when spring returned, no buds appeared, no leafs arrived. The world had seen its last tree.

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  1. pensitivity101

    Oh, this is so sad. I love trees.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Sorry to end the year with a sad story, I very much love trees. Where I live they are not being replaced when great age or storms take them… Wishing you a creative new year.

      1. pensitivity101

        Hi Michael. Our council cut down the trees in our road and I sent an email demanding (yes demanding!) where my tits were going to sit. We ended up with a hawthorn variety being let on our drive courtesy of the council foc. No-one else did, and the guy came round to see if if was OK, so I reckon he was a bird lover.

        1. Michael Humphris

          Did I read right the council planted a tree free of charge. Happy new year.

          1. pensitivity101

            They didn’t actually plant it for us, but left a hawthorn variety in a bucket by our front door. I sent an email of thanks and the the guy said he’d driven by the house and was glad we were pleased. Nice to get something ‘free’ for our local taxes!

  2. James

    Since trees produce most of the oxygen for our atmosphere, I’m not sure what’s keeping these people alive.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Now James I so nearly let my readers into that secret, but I would have needed at least another hundred words. However most of earths population have been transported to new worlds, I might add against their wishes. The authorities on earth have been experimenting with oxygen production, hence the colour of the sky. Now I think that I am digging myself in deeper.

  3. EagleAye

    So sad! I truly hope it never comes to that. This makes think of an old Joni Mitchell song. It went like, “They took all the trees, put ’em in a tree museum. And they charged the people a dollar and a half just see ’em. Don’t it all seem to go? That you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.”

    Great story. Happy New Year!

    1. Michael Humphris

      I loved that song, thanks for bringing it back to mind. I recall someone digging up trees, then shot blasting their roots. Said it was art. I believe trees are often undervalued. I need to stop now or I will be getting on my soap box. Wishing you a creative new year

      1. EagleAye

        Same to you. Happy New Year!

    2. ceayr

      They paved paradise
      And put up a parking lot

      One of the all-time great songs.

  4. ceayr

    Story too tragic to enjoy, Michael, but well crafted nonetheless.
    I wonder why writers love trees so much.

    1. Michael Humphris

      It maybe wecause writing a story is rather akin to how a tree developes. Happy new year.

  5. Susan

    A sad tale, but somehow I think Mother Nature will right this wrong.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Thank you Susan. As the author I was concerned that she might wait till all the people have left earth.

  6. julespaige

    Thank you for your interpretation of my photo.
    A sad tree with non-blooming companions…
    Makes me think of empty tenements… where once life also bloomed.

    I do think though that some seeds will bloom eventually, maybe after humanity has left the planet.

    1. Michael Humphris

      Empty tenements is good. I also felt that nature would allow the trees to return after humanity has departed. The colour in the sky lead me to consider the ending of tree life.

  7. Dahlia

    How awful! But unfortunately it seems all to real and near. But then again I do have a lot of faith in the resilience of trees – Happy New Year Michael 🙂

    1. Michael Humphris

      I am pleased to report that locally we now have a scheme to plant lots and lots of trees. Which sounds like a good start to the new year.

  8. patriciaruthsusan

    This is sad, Michael. They’re cutting down trees here to build more highways. People don’t realize the trees help make the air we breathe. They’re already choking on the foul air and still they chop. I’m afraid of where it’s going to end. It’s shear stupidity. Good writing. —- Suzanne

    1. Michael Humphris

      It is stupidity, the world needs schemes to plant trees, not to cut them down.

  9. Sunday Fiction

    A terrifying future that I hope never comes true. Although at the rate we are going, it will be sooner rather than later.

    Good story Michael

    1. Michael Humphris

      Only today another mature and healthy tree was cut down close to where I live. Even with any new planting’s of trees, it take eighty plus years to replace such a fine specimen. I would like to see a rule that before a tree is cut down, another two trees must be planted and allowed to mature.

      1. Sunday Fiction

        It’s a shame that they have to keep cutting trees down. It’s one of the reasons we are supposed to be recycling

        1. Michael Humphris

          In Britain in my experience very little wood is truly recycled. Whilst tree after tree is cut down for firewood. If I don’t stop now I will write a tome. Thank you for keeping the SF site going.

        2. Michael Humphris

          Hi Al, I am wondering if my posts carry a visual link to allow readers to check out other writers who post on Sunday Photo Fiction. I hope so. If not do let me know and I will try and make amends. Mike

          1. Sunday Fiction

            They should do Michael. I have been unable to visit any stories for the plast couple of weeks. My time and pain, as well as real life haven’t been playing well with me.

          2. Michael Humphris

            Having constant pain can be debilitating, my pharmacist would recommend trying the use of an appropriate pain relief at “regular uniform intervals”…

          3. Sunday Fiction

            YEah Although when the pain keeps you up at nights and throws your sleep out, uniform intervals tend to fly out of the pan

          4. Michael Humphris

            That is true; there is no easy answer, but be kind to yourself.

          5. Sunday Fiction

            I am trying 🙂

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