In a flagrant act of defiance against proposed new Reston Association rules making it more difficult for homeowners to remove trees, Mother Nature removed numerous trees in South Reston yesterday without the express written permission of a certified arborist.
Apparently M. Nature didn't read the new rule that clearly stipulates that the "dropping of fruit or leaves is not a valid reason for removal."
Maybe we're rushing too quickly to judgment. Maybe the "arborist's International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) certification number" is sitting on the dashboard of that minivan.
No truth to the rumor that in an emergency meeting last night, the DRB placed liens against the Nature House, all four Reston lakes, and various woodland creatures. "This act of aggression against our cherished covenants will not stand," a DRB representative probably didn't say. "And we're taking a close look at some of Ms. Nature's Japanese maples. The reds are looking suspiciously different from the agreed-upon burnt umber coloration."
(Photos courtesy of Confidential Restonian Operative "Paul Bunyan.")