Monday, February 18, 2013
Photo: Top of a tall palm tree
It is hazardous work for someone to climb up the tree and saw off the dead branches. If the trees are not kept trimmed and there are bunches of dead branches and leaves, the clump of dead leaves can be a haven for scorpions to live.
Fortunately, we do not have scorpions where we live. We have never even seen one in our house or yard. When my brother moved into a house in an old citrus orchard with a few tall palm trees that had been neglected for years, he hired someone to trim the palm trees. When the man climbed up and started to cut the branches, he became covered with scorpions and he quit the job. I don't blame him.
There have even been a few instances of tree trimmers who have suffocated when they were tied to the trees and thick branches came down and smothered them. It is important to keep the trees trimmed regularly so they do not get overgrown.
We are showing some more photos of Africa this week on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.