A Picture Worth 1,000 Words, From the Hands of a Davey Groundman

A Picture Worth 1,000 Words, From the Hands of a Davey Groundman

From the special, sentimental trees they monitor and prune to improve the aesthetics of  communities' green spaces and homeowners' properties to the powerlines they keep clear to maintain uninterrupted electricity, Davey's professionally trained arborists bring smiles to the faces of all individuals who value trees and their contributions to the surrounding environment.

Davey groundman batman drawing
A drawing of Batman (pictured) by Davey Groundman Devin Kowalski, who presented a similar drawing to a young boy fascinated by his Batman shirt during a lunch break one day.

The keen eyes of Davey arborists focus on ways to help trees' branches reach a little higher and trees' roots grow a little deeper to maximize the benefits they provide local parks, streetscapes and residences. In terms of tree care, it's the attention to detail that makes a difference-not only in the health of the plant but also in the level of client satisfaction.

But one Davey groundman has discovered another unique talent that can initiate positivity. On an otherwise ordinary afternoon, he realized that sometimes a pen and paper are all you need to make someone's day.

Davey Groundman Devin Kowalski had stopped in Indian Head, Saskatchewan, Canada, during his lunch break one afternoon when he noticed a shy, yet curious, young boy looking over in his direction. While Kowalski waited for his meal near the counter, he overheard Aimee Proskie, from the Ministry of Social Services in Fort Qu'Appelle, conversing with the timid 5-year-old she had been transporting for the day.

"My little guy was just amazed at the Davey worker," Proskie says, referring to the Batman shirt Kowalski was wearing beneath his uniform vest. "I tried to get him to tell the man 'Nice shirt!' but he was way too scared."

When Kowalski looked over to Proskie and the child, he smiled, but "the boy was too shy to say anything." Shortly after, he left with his lunch and returned to his truck in the parking lot to grab a spare piece of paper, a Sharpie® pen and a highlighter.

Davey groundman
Devin Kowalski, Davey groundman for the Saskatchewan Power account

Kowalski quickly drew a Batman character on the paper, folded it and then took it inside to the child. "I grew up liking Batman, so I figured the boy was in the same place," he explains.

"My little guy was so thankful and amazed by this stranger's kindness," Proskie says. "I think this was such an important and meaningful event to this little boy."

From pencil drawings, paintings and tattoos, Kowalski has developed quite a hobby over the last few years. Although he typically draws characters, Kowalski has painted a few landscapes as well. And depending on the art piece and circumstances, he's even been offered payment for his work.

But Kowalski was more than happy to give away his Batman drawing for free on the day he met one of his biggest fans during an otherwise ordinary lunchbreak.

Add a comment:
Featured or Related Blog Posts
  • Tune In

    So I haven't played a comic book superhero with incredible powers like telekinesis or the ability to fly. And I haven't donned fangs and sported the trendy tall, dark and handsome vampire look. But, now and again, my fellow Davey arborists and I have something in common with such unique characters: doing something really cool and doing it with a "wow" factor you can see on television.

    That's right, Davey has enjoyed a few minutes of broadcast fame - admittedly not as much as those vampires or superheroes we all know and love - but it still counts, right?

    Our most popular eye candy? moving massive trees. You may or may not know this, but Davey has been moving trees since the 1920s! In fact, we've recently combined our operation with Environmental Design Inc., which equals more than a century of tree moving.

    Read More
  • "Leaf" It to Mother Nature: Falling for Creative Fall Crafts

    'Tis the season for tree canopies to explode with color. Tree leaves exemplify the sun's gradually diminishing heat as the brightest of warm hues paint splotches of color along the surface. Oranges, yellows , reds and plums drape each tree leaf with such beauty for such a brief period of time you can only wish it would last all year long.

    Although Mother Nature limits the highly anticipated fall foliage color show to only a few months of the year, you can preserve autumn's aura by dedicating a bit of extra care, attention and creativity to the leaves falling from the trees.

    Why not share the love you're feeling for fall by preserving some of its best assets--crisp, brightly colored leaves, freshly fallen from the trees--and transforming them into art? Dry and press them like flower petals between the pages of old books and newspapers. Hang them like garland from the railings along your staircase or front porch. Or coat them in wax or Mod Podge® to protect the leaves from losing their color throughout the coming seasons.

    Read More
  • Cherry Crush

    For centuries, trees have been planted to honor an accomplishment, important milestone or rite of passage - birth, graduation, wedding, retirement, death, to name a few.

    And the specific type of tree chosen usually has some symbolic meaning relative to the event. For instance, the oak tree has always been a symbol of strength and courage - "the mighty oak," they always say. And the Bonsai tree has long symbolized harmony, peace and balance.

    When someone plants one tree to mark a triumph, it's quite significant. But in early April this year, when I was in Washington, D.C. traveling for Davey Tree, I saw such a stunning display of trees and realized when someone plants many trees in a symbolic fashion, the result can be extraordinary.

    Read More
  • Happy Arbor Day!

    Don't worry, I won't be long-winded today. Just hope you'll join me in celebrating National Arbor Day. If you're a tree buff like I am, this is truly a great holiday!

    While you're celebrating your trees today, take a few minutes and check out a website that some of my friends at Davey just launched. It's a place where you can share your tree stories and memories. I'm planning to do that myself soon, and I hope to see your story there!


    Read More
  • The Bird-y Bunch

    It's a rainy, gray Saturday morning in spring. Our previously planned trip to the local park is canceled - wet bottoms and mud pies just don't seem that appealing today when we were longing for shorts and sunshine.

    Yet, despite the initial disappointment, my 8-year-old daughter picks up her spirits quicker than I do. She spends at least an hour marveling at the birds out of our family room windows. They flit and flutter from tree to tree and back and forth to the two bird feeders we have hanging from hawthorn trees.

    Little wrens, chickadees and nuthatches are always present, hopping next to the slower, fatter, cooing doves. Then, in a bright red streak, the cardinal flies in, going from the trees straight to the ground, picking up the seed the other smaller birds have discarded.

    Read More

Request a consultation

What do you need services for?
Sorry, we can’t seem to find the zip code you specified. Our residential tree care offices may not service your area. If you believe this is an error, please try again. Need help? Email us at info@davey.com.
  • Email newsletter
  • Woodchips
*Please fill out all required fields.