Photos by MJ Klein
Recently, the county of Hsinchu has been modifying the main road near our home. This is the road where the famous Shao-hui’s restaurant is located. The road has 2 traffic islands and the county has decided to take those islands out.
I was awakened by the sound of jack hammering. A bucket machine had a hammer attachment and was breaking up the traffic islands.
What a mess!
As you can see from this photo (and many others on this blog) the main street has many trees growing on the islands. These would have to go, it looks like.
I shot the following series from our 4th floor balcony. The elevation provided a better view than at street level. Plus it was raining and I could keep the camera under the overhang on the balcony and keep it dry.
The bucket machine is digging out the root section of the largest tree on the block.
Like many public works projects, there is one guy working and several “supervising.” Notice the man with the chain saw. He’ll be cutting up the downed trunk and branches into smaller sections for transport.
This section has a lot of photos, I know, but it does show the action as I captured it. The bucket is now going to cut off a few branches. Clicking on any photo will take you to the photo page where you may view larger sizes if desired.
Here, the bucket machine operator has reversed the bucket direction, and is now trying to pry the tree up. Notice that the very front of the caterpillar tracks are off the ground. The tree was quite strong and well-rooted. The front of the machine was lifted quite a few times but the tree wouldn’t budge yet.
Now the operator is on the other side, trying to dig out the roots more.
More branch removal.
That took off almost all the foliage. It won’t be long now….
The operator grabbed the top of the tree and pulled it towards him.
And so, it fell. I’m not too pleased with the destruction of the trees as I think they added a nice element to the neighborhood. Now when I look out of my window or drive down the street, the neighborhood looks “naked.”
I’ll have more for you in Part II, shortly.
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