The day after the storm, after Typhoon Megi blew merry hell on Tuesday night, all was quiet again in Neihu’s Dahu Park.
On the surface, it is a scene of tranquility. A pair of park benches placed side by side beside a stone path leading through the park and up the stairs leading across the hump-backed bridge that straddles the lake. The surface of the water in the distance is now calm: the previous night it would have been whipped into a frenzy by the gale-force winds racing through the park. The grass lining the path on either side is a fresh green, washed and scrubbed by the winds and rain of the day before.
But obstructing the path there is a curtain of bare branches, stripped of their leaves, the tree trunk that holds them snapped a third of the way up. The top two thirds is the hypotenuse of the triangle it now forms with the standing tree and the ground.
Photo: Paul Cooper, Taipei Times
You can almost hear the creak and the whine of the broken wood as the top of the tree plunged to the ground.
(Paul Cooper, Taipei Times)
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