When we went through a shortcut on the right of the photo this evening, we noticed that something is missing. The roadside tree was there in the morning, but now gone for reasons I could only guess. It might be that the tree was in the middle of the shortcut, where motorcycles frequently pass through, hence becoming a traffic hazard. It might be that the tree blocked the view of a small store (to the right of the photo; not pictured) that has changed hands between many merchants.
People planted the tree there for a purpose, but removed it for some other reasons. In a transition like this, it was easy to ignore that the tree also had a life and its life was taken away.