After the Storm

We had a big rain and wind storm last night that took out our power and roared through the forest. At one point I heard a loud thunk of a tree landing. On investigating today I found a large 95 foot hemlock had fallen quite close to the house.

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This hemlock was uprooted by the wind. I will be using it for lumber and firewood.

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The tall 40 foot tree in the center of the photo is the top of a cedar tree that broke off and fell straight down. It took me a while to realize we had a new tree beside the path.

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This is where the tree broke off. It had been damaged many years ago and had formed two tops or leaders. You can see one still attached. We have quite a few trees like this all about the same age. This indicates that at some time a pretty fierce storm passed through and did some significant damage.

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This is why I don’t walk in the woods during a windstorm. This old maple branch has fallen and embedded itself 18 inches into the ground. It would have hurt!


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