C. Meton

In Memory of "The Big Tree"

According to the National Arbor Day Foundation, the Tree was a "Rocky Mountain Juniper," Juniperus scopulorum. I used their web site to determine what kind of tree this was.

The Big Tree
This is how the Big Tree looked when viewed from the NorthWest corner of the property before the wind broke off many of its branches.
The Big Tree
What a majestic tree, tall, in all its glory! In the foreground is the stump of a Fruitless Mulberry tree that I removed because it was threatening the roof of the house.
The Big Tree
One of the trunks had already been cut off before I bought the house.
The Big Tree
It was tall, perhaps 50 feet or more.
The Big Tree
The big tree was frequented by Red-veined Flickers and Nuthatches, as well as hawks.
The Big Tree
One hawk even built a nest high in the tree.
The Big Tree
Two more trunks had to be removed because they were threatening the roof of the house. I had the top, eight feet of the tree taken off and dead wood removed at this time also.
The Big Tree
The big tree and the bushes gave the front yard a park-like ambiance.
The Big Tree came down in a big wind
The Big Tree fell in a big wind on January 18, 2017.

Here is a home movie of the Big Tree being cleared from the road and sidewalk immediately after it fell.
Length of video: 53 seconds.
You might be able to see that it was still raining and windy as the Public Works people did their job to clear the road and sidewalk.
To view the movie, click on the movie file format of your choice. The movie is the same, only the file format is different.
If the ogg format does not work for you, try the QuickTime format.
Please forgive my sloppy camera movement.
For HTML5 browsers: "Theora Ogg" format -- Filesize: 74.8MB
For Apple computers: "QuickTime" format -- Filesize: 56.4MB

Public Works clearing the road and sidewalk

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The big tree after the wind storm broke its main trunk and Public Works cleared the street and sidewalk.
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Another view of the big tree after the wind storm broke its main trunk and Public Works cleared the street and sidewalk.
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Goodbye, Big Tree.
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Marked for underground utilities prior to removing the tree. A gas line runs directly under the tree.
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Anderson Tree Company on the job bright and early. Trixie watches to see what all the noise is about.
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Making little pieces out of big pieces.
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The biggest pieces went for a ride in a truck.
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The stump of the big tree was a little over three feet in diameter.
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Grinding the stump.
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And now, the Big Tree is a pile of wood chips which will be returned to the soil.

And so ends the life of a stately, old tree.

 
 


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