( pour travailler notre anglais difficulté moyenne...)
3-A round trip ? [About the comparison of old and current pictures of palm trees]
La palmera y el ciprés / The palm tree and the cypress : 2004-2013
Palm trees are dying due to the attack of the red palm weevil . The red palm weevil is a species of snout beetle from tropical Asia that attacks palm trees, specially the Phoenix Canariensis and Phoenix Dactyliferas. It was first recorded in Spain in 1994, its entry point being Almuñecar (Granada), with origin in Egypt . In 2004 the alarm bells rang in Valencia after the beetle had already attacked the historical palm grove sites of the region. These insects are preying on the landscape. On any road trip through Andalusia the scope of destruction can be easily appreciated, both in the city scapes and the rural landscape : palm trees with wilted or dried up crowns, or with one last standing leaf, or worse yet, mere topless trunks. Individuals that are undergoing the experimental treatment to stop the spread of the infection can also be found, wrapped in a system of tubing and dispensers. It is very likely that there will be very few surviving palm trees left of these species. They will have disappeared from the surroundings of monuments and from domestic gardens. They will no longer be landmarks in the country side, nor signify plazas and parks. The sound of their rustling leaves will no longer be heard, nor will anybody play with their long shadows. The account on the hills of the Alhambra and the Albayzin of Granada is devastating : there is already one dead in El Partal, as well as in the Carmen de la Victoria, and the Carmen de la Media Luna. And they have disappeared from the Carmen de Vista Alegre, Carmen de Alhamar, Carmen de San Agustin,... an endless list of casualties. The new species that are being introduced, which still resist the attack, are not nearly as gracious and exuberant as those that have disappeared. Fortunately, the tall and slender Washingtonia Robusta is relatively safe for now.