Now that the leaves are down the full extent of damage to the mature trees around the Bluecircle is apparent. Trees between the lake and top of the hill had the least protection from storm winds blowing from the northwest and many tall, but relatively young tulip poplars with 8-10 inch trunks were damaged. Brittle honey locust and soft maples were pruned wherever they grew. Some will survive, and others will need to be removed once the ground is frozen. Sadly an old maple, probably nearly 100 years old, has developed a large split in its main trunk and now threatens both buildings and the electrical power lines to Pomona Point. A large red spot on the trunk has marked it for removal. A few oak seedlings sprouted in its shade last summer and in the sunny space soon inherited they may mature into shade for the next generations.