|The gorgeous, irreplaceable sugar maple canopy, before|
|And the gap in the canopy, now|
|The devastating split in the trunk|
Can you blame us?
|The canopy looking southwest (it's the middle tree that's doomed)|
|And looking north and south (the trunk illuminated by the sun)|
|Sawdust (in increasingly large chunks), rot, insects, lack of root flare|
Knowing we were gambling with the advent of every major storm, we finally agreed we would take the tree down this year. We wish it could've happened before the trees leafed out.
|The beginning of the end--the view, forever altered, from my studio|
|going, going, going, going....|
|The final pass with the big chainsaw|
|They felled the final piece of the trunk|
|The rot was bad, especially half way up, where the tree could've snapped...|
|but perhaps not quite as bad as we'd hoped|
Five hours to fell what took 120 years to grow.
We still feel a little sick.
Still, maybe our little 10 year old tulip tree will take advantage of the gap. And we can enjoy redesigning our newly light filled side yard.