That I'm a tree-hugger is no secret to those who read this page. I can't count how many times I've posted series of images focused on trees. They are, in my opinion, the intangible that makes the difference between a decent neighborhood and a great one, between a beautiful park and a spectacular one, and between an attractive campus and an iconic one. I live in a house under two very large oaks and I have begun to appreciate the music they make, acorns in the summer, leaves in the fall, and great tufts of snow in the winter.
I can only imagine what the University of Chicago's grey an austere campus would have looked like when these great oaks and their like were just saplings; like an old man with a child's haircut I suppose. The great sentinels set the mood and breath life into the limestone.