There are two types of people on the water. Those that try to avoid damaging nature as much as possible and those that believe they can mold nature to mankind's desires. She is the second.
If you look closely (click on the photo) you can see the man on the left of the photo hanging from safety ropes and the man on the far right is in the bucket. They have stripped the trees of all their lower branches, which I understand is legal so that she can finally have a view from her million-dollar house. We do get some great sunsets and now she can see them without having to go down to her dock like I do. I just cannot help but think this is hard on the trees. They lose a third of their food-making machines.
The chain saws buzz and buzz and buzz and give me a headache! It is like a battle of the hornets. I will get some interesting sun angles against those naked trees for photography on the lighter side as I look from my deck I am thinking.
Above is our house. We can see the water from our deck, but it is through some natural bare areas that we had when we bought the house and we do keep them clear so that we can watch the boat during stormy weather and so that we have a clear path to our dock. We pile rocks to keep the waves from destroying the natural grasses rather than drop a wall of rock along the shore as many do. Do I sound a little snooty? Sorry, but I am old and am set in my ways.
If trees fall into the river we are required by law to leave them there unless they present a navigation issue. She does not own a boat and is also removing a fallen tree on the opposite side of her dock. This means habitat loss for our fish and shellfish. But it is so hard for people to see the big picture.
I think you deserve a sunset picture or two after all my ranting. (The buzzing has stopped!!!)
Hope you have a healthy week without COVID, fires, storms or flooding.