Both Pook and Bug have requested that I play photojournalist, taking photos of the tree cutters at work.
Trees in Georgia are tall. Pine trees here are amazingly tall before they even have their first branches. Unless you've seen them I'm not sure they can be adequately described. Let's just say that we have a two story house with a kinda pointed roof, and the pines about to hit the dust (compost) are considerably more than twice the height of the house.
To cut them, they must climb them and cut bits at a time and lower those bits down.
The "Before" picture was taken one of the (many) days the guys didn't cut the trees. The sky wasn't the great backdrop that it was for the rest of the photos, taken Tuesday.
The climber and his chainsaw begin to prune away the lowest branches. He was held up there with a rope/pulley sort of contraption and didn't use spikes on his shoes at all.
But plants rebound and spring has only just begun. I expect everything to look lush and happy in a few months. And, some of it will grow better since there will now be some sun getting in. Something this yard hasn't had much in the past.