Wednesday, April 28, 2010

...a casualty of the storm...

Mid-morning we became aware that a huge, old tree had 'fallen' victim to yesterday's snowstorm.  You can only see a branch of it (from last summer) in the picture below in the upper left corner.  That branch and its copious other smaller branches hung over the creek and the foot bridge.  The picture below is the before....



The next picture below is the after....One portion of the trunk of this tree fell from the weight of the wet snow and has damaged the foot bridge (there are cracks in the stones and one side of it is wobbly), and struck the big stone wall on the other side of the creek, bringing a portion of it down.




Men have already begun to saw up the trunk to dry for firewood. Now the little bridge and the stone wall will have to be repaired. Good thing our neighbour is an amazing stone mason, built the wall originally, and offered to help us repair it!
I promise to find something else to post about soon!




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14 comments:

  1. sad for the fallen friend...we had one go down in a neighbors yard recently...my son loved watching them take it apart...

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  2. How sad! We lose trees to storms too. At least you can use the wood.

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  3. beautiful theme,
    it is sad to cut trees,
    Happy Wednesday!

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  4. Oh that's a heartbreaker. It's hard to see a majestic beauty go. I'm glad you have a friend who can help with the masonry.

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  5. This is so sad to lose a tree. Last year our neighbor’s huge pine tree fell on our lot on top of our beautiful dogwood tree, so no dogwood blossoms this year. One year another huge pine tree fell from the same neighbor’s lot on our car, and smashed it like a mosquito, but at the same time it cut our electricity for one week. Every time there is a bad storm, or a tornado is coming, like last Saturday night, we listen to hear if another tree will fall, there are so many huge trees all around us.

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  6. Every time we have had to cut down a tree, due to it being dangerous or severly damaged in a storm...I am amazed by it's thunderous slam to the ground. I could swear the earth moves.
    I imagine the damage could have been much worse, Bonnie.
    ♥...Wanda

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  7. Always momentous when a tree goes down. I hate it really. Living in my neighborhood in the city, for many years we woke to the sound of chain saws as they clear cut the land to cover it with concrete.

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  8. Sacrifice or suicide? To become firewood to keep you cosy, that is so thoughtful! I am thanking it but the wall is not.

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  9. Ohhh, I always feel bad when a tree falls over. It's the finality of it all. That stream is so nice. We have one much like it behind our home. I love the sound it makes. In fact I have a hard time sleeping without it.

    It snowed about six inches today. Luckily it's been so cold the trees were not yet budding. This is the winter that refuses to end.

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  10. Oh my......we are so very sorry for your dear old fallen friend. I have always aid that if we ever lost our big old oak tree, that I could not live here anymore.

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  11. How sad to lose a tree like that. Especially when they have been part of the landscape for generations. Sigh!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  12. As a landscaper in my other life I marvel at the stone work here in building the retaining walls, etc. What a beautiful ravine. In my experience a felled tree provides new opportunities in the landscape and at least a little more sunlight for vibrant new growth.

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  13. I am sorry for the loss of the tree. It changes the landscape so much when a large tree comes down. Fortunately the stone work can be repaired, but you will miss that tree.

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  14. It's sad to lose a tree, but thankfully it didn't do more serious damage like fall on your house.

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