Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Trees in Cages

While we were away, they imprisoned all the trees in the little park between Djemma ElFna and the bus stop in pretty pale green cages.
Probably to protect them from people and horses.



We noticed this first last night, though work has been going on in the park for some time.
The sunken beds with bushes and shrubs have been paved over. The huge trees rise from amidst paving stones.



This morning I went to investigate the trees in daylight, before the caleche drivers were much interested in touting for trade.



They were chatting with their friends and I noticed anew how bright and colorful everything is.



I remember Ghislan being surprised that we don't commonly take caleche rides in New York.
In fact, I never have been in a horse carriage in New York.



Even men on their way to work manage to avoid drab uniformity.

17 comments:

Tracy said...

At least the cages are rather attractive...I wonder if these are espeically to keep animals away from the trees. But welcome home! No doubt you are settling in and adjusting to life again...And rejoicing in the colors there...Happy Days ((HUGS))

willow said...

Dazzling colors...wow!!

Lora said...

What a pretty way to protect the trees!

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

Ahhh...carriage rides. You haven't taken one in NY? Or anywhere else? I love them because of the sensual feeling of the horses tugging on the carriage, and being just a bit higher than usual gives a different perspective.

I think it is so neat how different things look photographed at night, and then again during day light. We really do live on two planets: the daytime one and the night time one.

Britt-Arnhild said...

Travelling makes you see things in another light, doesn't it.....

muriel said...

Carriage rides, how romatic.

Willow said...

Oh the poor trees! But even the cages are colorful. Love the brightly colored tunics, too! Color, color, everywhere! Do you ever get color overload?

Lavinia Ladyslipper said...

I echo Tracy's sentiments. They might have put up ugly utilitarian cages but they were wise enough to make them pretty and coloured. So kudo's to them. It's so bright there...what a balm for winter-weary eyes...

Merisi said...

It's a pity that they have done away with the flower beds. Poor trees, will they still get enough water to survive? I agree that one must see the good in the fact that they are trying to protect their trunks. Still, sad state of affairs.

Honour said...

Thanks for dropping by my site ... your pictures bring such brightness to my day. I remember the cages on the trees ... if only we protected all our wildlife that way :)

Paz said...

The cages are a little "decorative". Not so bad. I've never taken a horse carriage ride in the city.

Paz

Frances said...

Hello Elizabeth, and thanks for your farewell message.

It is grand to see what you are seeing upon your return to Marrakesh.

Those colors are marvelous. I will be on the lookout for all the pinks in your photos.

I also have never taken any carriage ride in New York. Would not want to.

Hoping that you received a welcome back from the cats.

By week's end we do hope to be able to rely on jackets, not coats here in New York! The pear, magnolia and cherry blossom trees are finally in bloom, daffs all over, and we do have hopes for the tulips.

Best wishes.
xo

Anonymous said...

How utterly stupid to pave over the sunken beds!!! I loved them so much ... It's not a park anymore ... just paving with caged trees ... what were the city fathers thinking? ... actually, I doubt much thought went into it ... so typical of Marrakech ...

Anonymous said...

How utterly stupid to pave over the sunken beds!!! I loved them so much ... It's not a park anymore ... just paving with caged trees ... what were the city fathers thinking? ... actually, I doubt much thought went into it ... so typical of Marrakech ...

High Desert Diva said...

Somehow, I've missed days and days of your posts. Just catching up now.

Enjoyed looking at sun patterns, flowers, shady golf clubs, trees in cages, kitties, doors, shops, fruit, veggies and all that wonderful desert color!

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Greener Bangalore said...

You have a lovely blog and very interesting posts! The trees here are caged with a good intention....hence its fine....!