Friday, March 9, 2012

A Mighty Oak Falls

A mighty oak has fallen on our farm, one of the Twin Oaks
that crowded the road and scared drivers of big dump trucks.
It dropped perfectly into the pasture and erected a massive rootball
hard on the edge of the road. The blue drum shows the scale of the 40" trunk.

The highway department came to clear the debris. The massive root system now rests just to the side. They delivered 8 tons of gravel to fill the cavity. Three of us have spent many hours and 9 chainsaw tank loads cutting it up and we still haven't gotten into the biggest part of the trunk.

A bonus on the windfall of firewood is 60 shitake logs. The great white oak died of lopsidedness. The road side was rootless and tightly ringed while the pasture side was heavily fertilized for 90 years by the cattle who will miss its generous shade. Neighbors will miss its arboreal enclosure of our road.

1 comment:

  1. Marianne Herr-PaulMarch 9, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Any idea how old?
    What a beautiful story.
    And what a gift she continues to give.