I've cut down the Spartan juniper. Here's a before photo, followed by the different stages, including how it looks after the dirty deed is done. Sorry about the terrible exposure in the photos, but these were taken with my iPhone, and no matter the angle I took, it was either against the sun, or a combination of shade and sunlight:
The view we see when we wheel our bikes out (I've already cut off a few limbs at this point):
The space begins to open up:
I cut all the lower limbs, and then a neighbor helped me fell the trunk:
And now we see the long horizon:
But wait. What's this?
Yes, you have guessed correctly. Those are pecan trees.
Planted by squirrels.
By the way, many congratulations to Pam, of the nonpareil blog, "Digging," a much-deserved winner of the 2009 Blotanicals for "Best Drought-tolerant Blog" and Best Texas Blog." Digging has been a favorite of mine since back in the day for its focus on design and xeric gardening. The photography is not too shabby, either. If you haven't checked it out, you need to mosey on over there and have a look-see, tout suite.