Sunday, February 26, 2012

I've been delaying this post...

If you've followed my blog for a while, you've seen this tree before.  She's on the corner as I make the turn towards town.  The property's been for sale, so I knew her days were numbered.  After all, someone had already tried to burn her as she stood.

Well, someone attempted to fell her with a saw.
Even though it appears they've sawed through her, she refused to fall.

Her trunk is huge - about 4 feet wide.  Seems she didn't want to go.

 For now, her limbs still stretch upward.
The 'O' is still visible in her branches.
But I know they'll eventually push her over.
 And soon it'll just be the pine and the red shack.  Until that's gone, too...

They're not mine to save, but I will miss them.

127 comments:

Carole M. said...

oh yes definately days are numbered now; would've been a great watching post for some big birds

Mike said...

Brings Joyce Kilmer to mind.

rainfield61 said...

How sad if itself know its days are numbered.

Sharon said...

The culprits - probably not the owners of the property. That tree is worth money, but it was worth more in it's simple beauty.

trav4adventures said...

Oh, no! I am keeping my eye on an old eucalyptus which was on a ranch off one of the freeway exits. The ranch house was bulldozed about a year ago. The old tree is still there, but it won't be for long...sigh... I hear you.

thesedaysofmine.com said...

Oh, Theresa, it IS sad. But at least you've taken pictures of her.

Lois Evensen said...

Oh, my, someone is working very hard on this.... Yes, soon....

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

It looks more like lightning may have struck her because of the singe on the limbs at the top, I see this a lot in our wooded area.

Maybe her determination to stay upright is her way of telling someone "Please buy this place, I won't leave until its sold!"

Kathy said...

Keep us posted!

Fireblossom said...

Funny how we get attached to things like this, but I know that I do. I used to walk my dog past an undeveloped block that was surrounded by an old timey wooden fence painted green, and it was just full of critters and birds. One day the bulldozers came and they knocked it all down and built yet another stupid little office complex. I worried where all the creatures would go. It made me really sad.

Catherine said...

That is a fantastic tree. It's too bad who ever owns the land can't see her beauty.
xo Catherine

holdingmoments said...

Sad to see the old tree like that Theresa.

I've had a similar thing at my local lake; they've been cutting down good, healthy trees in front of some houses. Why do some humans have to destroy everything they see?

Eva Ason said...

Hi Theresa, I agree it IS very sad. Seems like someone has been working very hard to make her fall :(
Have a great day

Eva

Lynne said...

Cool, cool tree . . . First time I have seen her. Love the 'O'! Great post TexWis!

Tammy said...

Amazing - what she has survived. You should ask for a slice of her. At 4 feet wide, she could make a cool table top. Then you would still have a piece of her.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That old tree is a beauty. Yes,I am sure someone will come along who doesn't see that beauty and she will come down,that will be a sad day.

Clint Baker said...

Can you imagine the stories she could tell us?

Jill said...

If this is the last look at her, I am so glad you've got so many wonderful photos of her. I will miss her when she goes.

~mel said...

Well whoever it is that's trying to cut down that tree sure doesn't know how to work a chainsaw! What an awesome tree though. And it looks to be sound solid wood. Whoever the owner of that tree is I'm sure isn't aware of what a little goldmine it is. You can see by the twist of it that it would make some beautiful lumber... sigh ...

Breathtaking said...

It's probably had a very long life,
and if trees could speak it could tell a few stories!!It's quite dangerous in it's present condition
though and should be felled.I wonder if trees have souls!!

sweetdaysundertheoaks said...

Sad this morning. Always sad to see a tree go. Wonder what will happen with the property Tex? Guess you will be letting us know.

Mariette said...

Dearest Theresa,
Looks like a desperate throwing up 'her' arms into the air for please let me BE!
Powerful photo, also the 'O', you are a very keen observer and nature lover!
Love,
Mariette

Arija said...

Luckily whoever tried to cut that sentinel down, did not know what they were doing. The wedge is nowhere deep enough, nor is it in the in the gravitational fall line. Sometimes mother nature manages to protect her own against haft-backed know-alls.

DJan said...

You have personalized the tree, even given her a gender. Now I am sad, too. I don't think she's going to be standing much longer. Thanks for sharing her with me, I am a new follower so I didn't know about her.

Changes in the wind said...

I love how you love that tree...there is something to be said about perseverence!

Mom of M&Ms said...

i feel like crying.... what a great old tree

R.Ramakrishnan said...

So artistically balanced like a ballerina ! So wonderful are the creations of nature.It is a pity that this wonderful tree has been half sawn & will fall soon.

Sandra said...

this is sad, i love that tree, it is like ART... and it really must want to be there. so strong and pretty. and i know the birds will miss her just like you. if it were mine i would have left her there. even burned she is beautiful.

Roan said...

Even in death, this is a great tree. Too bad the owners don't see the beauty in it's bare limbs.

eileeninmd said...

Even dead, it is a cool tree. It is sad to see its days are numbered. Great photos, Happy Sunday!

Melodie said...

I feel the same way when folks remove old things like that,kind of sad.

Judy said...

Even at the end it's still standing strong.

rkbsnana said...

Well, that is just sad. Stood so long.......

Giga said...

Smutno na to patrzeć . Pozdrawiam.***I look at it. Yours.

Lorilee said...

That is a tough old tree!
Blessings,
Lorilee

Montanagirl said...

Sad about that tree. It's so picturesque, and with her arms reaching for the sky, it's as if she's beseeching God to save her.

Denise said...

Always sad to see a beautiful old tree go and even in its decline this is a beauty. You've captured it well in these photos super photos. I just about cried when some new owners in our neighborhood felled a tree that had been around since the civil war. It was still healthy but growing so huge that I think the new people were afraid it was going to fall on their house. The local story was that General E. Lee took shelter under its branches.

Sall's Country Life said...

Too bad somebody didn't take a "green" approach and attached those nearby satellites to her branches! She could've been useful and that ugly tower could go away! Enjoy her for a little while longer anyway.

Donna said...

It's sad to see old trees go!

Sylvia K said...

I always hate to see a beautiful old tree being lost! Wish we could save more of them. I would so love to hear the stories of all it has seen over the years. Great post and captures as always! Enjoy your day!

Sylvia

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

:(

CameraCruise said...

So sad someone is trying to fell that beautiful, old tree!
Great shots!

Janice@GypsyFarmGirl said...

She's a tough old tree that just doesn't want to give up yet.

wayside wanderer said...

Such strong but graceful branches.

Michaele said...

Boy she is tough! They really should have just finished the job and then made her into her second beautiful life. I bet she is ready.

Gary said...

Wow what a tree!! Totally dedicated to survival. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Jan n Jer said...

She is to die a slow death! Very sad.

dr momi said...

I would hope that someone makes some very neat rustic furniture from her instead of firewood.

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful captures of this gnarled old beauty. Even dead trees provide so much habitat for wildlife.

Icy BC said...

It is sad to see that tree got cut down. It has such a beautiful shape and form!

islandwonder said...

Shame! That tree has been there for awhile.

Ron said...

What a great tree. Too bad it will be gone as soon as a big wind comes up.

Birdman said...
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Birdman said...

Whoever attempted the deed, should have his chainsaw license revoked. After the v-cut, the next cut should have been up 6-10 inches or so, UP... then she would have hit the ground. Stay away from this person if you ever see he/her coming your way w/ the saw. hahaha

Julie G. said...

That tough old tree is really standing her ground. Too bad that she will be gone soon ... It always upsets me to see trees taken down. I be the raptors will miss her sturdy branches for perches.

Margie said...

A tuffy with an old soul and never say die spirit. The old girl is hanging in there to bring you continued joy I think. I'm sure no one else cares.

SouthCoast Guy said...

that's too bad....

Randy said...

Such a beautiful tree. Too bad the person removing it can't see it's beauty.

don said...

I'm glad you were able to make such a fine documentation of its current "standing" state. Very nice series. I especially like the shot looking up through the tree's limbs.

RoeH said...

I love it. Too bad. :(

Tombstone Livestock said...

I am not a woodsman but it looks like from the twist and the grain of the tree is they cut their wedge out on the wrong side. It will now probably stand there til a really strong storm comes along. It looks too dangerous for someone to get close enough with a big chainsaw to be safe.

Honest Abe said...

It looks like they put the notch on the wrong side. Nice photos.

Kjell T. Evensen said...

great image. I wonder if he is waiting for his mother-in-law before the last push?

Stevie Taylor said...

We've had plenty of trees on our property that looked like they were about to come down on the fence or barn but as soon as we take a saw to them, we find out they intend ot stay right hwere they are. So now we just wait them out. Who;s to say how much life they have left exscept for them?
Stevie @ ruffledfeathersandspilledmilk.com

Farm Girl said...

Me too, that always makes me sad.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Interesting how the grain gently twists as it ascends, I'm sure that attributes for some if her strength.

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

That's one determined tree! Have a great Sunday:@)

Rohrerbot said...

I know what you mean. We have a dead Euc that is great for our Hawks here and adds some nice color to our mountain during monsoon. I don't want them to cut it down because it's a nice landmark. Eventually someone will do it, but until then.....

Comment1 said...

Very sad :( It's always terrible when a tree falls, it's a piece of the landscape disappearing.

polkadotpeticoat said...

Poor thing has really had a hard life in her retirement years hasn't she!

Kerri said...

Poor tree! I thought it was lovely! I wish they had kept her!!

Ruta said...

That's a pretty determined tree! It will be a sad day when she comes down...

Liz said...

That's sad! Looks like it put up a fight right to the end...
Nice shots!

Nancy said...

Oh the stories she could tell and the sites she has seen.....

Robin said...

T, whoever was doing it knew nothing about cutting down a tree. And to leave it in that state!

edenhills said...

What a shame. I hate to see those trees go.

Annette said...

What a shame. That's such a cool tree.

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

This poor tree- holding on for dear life. It's so beautiful with all it's twists and turns and more still, after it burned. I have a thing for trees and photograph them constantly. This must be so sad to see- I feel bad for the day your eyes don't see it any longer. And who's the obviously seriously impaired a**hole that keeps doing these things to it? I like the idea to ask for a piece when her majesty falls. I think I would.

NewMexiKen said...

We lost two dead trees that were eyesores to everyone but me. Certainly not to the woodpeckers who dug the holes and the kestrels that spent the winter in them.

Andrew said...

I have wonderful images of trees from my childhood that don't exist anymore..

Sonya @ Under the Desert Sky said...

It will be sad to see a tree like that go.

Tracy said...

Oh Tex, so sad that people don't value that which is old and durable and just lovely! You captured some great photos of that delight-made me think of the story 'The Giving Tree'
thanks for the post...

Mama Zen said...

That's one tough tree!

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

poor old tree, and to think she is probably twice the age of those that are trying to fell her. Pitty really.

Linda said...

Don't you find yourself thinking about the stories that tree could tell about what has occurred under or near it during its time on that spot? I don't know what kind of tree it is or what it looked like when it was fully clothed, but it's got beautiful form in its naked state. I can see why it would draw the attention of a photographer like yourself.

Sandy said...

What a beautiful old tree and shack as well.

SweetMarie said...

I remember this tree...she's beautiful! Her swirls of colors and her limbs still trying to touch the sky are just ammazing. I can only imagine what this tree has seen sitting on that corner. :) So glad you have pics, but so sad to see that someone isn't appreciating her beauty.

still so happy you and your neighbor were able to free the bull...you go girl!

parker said...

I remember that dead tree. Always liked the way it grew in a twist!

barbara l. hale said...

Yes, one of these days... Beautiful tree and interesting shack. Well, I guess we can't all appreciate such things much to our dismay. You at least have immortalized her with your photos.

Karen said...

That tree is like a piece of art!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Very sad :( I've been in similar situations before.. makes one feel powerless!! What a beautiful tree.. I know it will be missed. You have some lovely photo tributes to her. -Tammy

Elaine said...

That's one tenacious tree!

Southwest Arkie said...

That's one determined tree- what a beauty. Maybe it will beat the odds and hang on for a while longer.

Chip Allen said...

It looks like the chain saw conked out before the final cut could be made on the side opposite the notch. Always a shame to see such an impressive tree go.

Pricilla said...

Oh dear.At least she is putting up a fight

Entre Nous said...

Gee whiz, what a gorgeous Georgia OKeefe style tree.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I feel that same way about the beautiful old trees on the property in back of us that has just been sold. Those trees stand like monuments and I so hope they are spared!

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, the poor tree. Nasty people.

Barb said...

I'm definitely rooting for the tree!

Susan said...

Aww, that's so sad.
A beautiful post Theresa.

Deb said...

it is hard to see landmarks go...even if they are trees....or falling down...

Katie Pinke said...

She's put up quite the fight to stay standing! Hope you've had a lovely weekend.

Charade said...

If that tree were on my place, I'd create a monument to it. If there is any justice, when it falls maybe it'll crush the lumberjacks brand new pickup truck.

Candy C. said...

I'm glad to see she is still standing despite all she has been through and I'm glad whoever tried to cut her down didn't know what they were doing! LOL!!

Paula said...

That tree has a mind of her own and isn't going down willingly.

heyBJK said...

Wow! That's a stubborn tree! I know you'll hate to see it go...it does have lots of character.

Joe said...

Can't believe someone left a tree sawn like that. Looks like a accident ready to happen.

Michelle said...

Sad to see.

Pat Tillett said...

It's too bad, because that tree is a beauty! REALLY nice photos!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

That is sad, Theresa.. That old tree has character. She has stood there through thick and thin for years and years... What a darn shame! Makes me want to cry...
Hugs,
Betsy

Susan said...

Awesome tree and photos. Reminds me of the tree from Poltergeist!

Tammy said...

Great photos of this beautiful tree!

Hilary said...

Oh that magnificent tree. It breaks my heart that someone couldn't see its beauty. She's s stubborn old thing for sure.

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi TexWisGirl, I had become attached to certain properties in CA that I did not own but used to see on my daily routes to and from work. Hard to see changes made to trees and such but that sometimes happens. Hope you get to see the living tree for quite a while. Have a super happy day tonorrow!

BlueShell said...

Oh, no! I love trees...that is...sad!

Hugs

Nicole Burgoz said...

So sad :(

Stewart M said...

Hi there - interesting post - I can only assume that force of habbit is keeping the tree up!

Some people in Melbourne with house near the sea sneak out at night and cut down the trees between their property and the sea - this is illegal as the beach land is protected. Some councils have taken to putting up huge (and I mean huge) bill boards where the trees used to be, with information about the fines that will be imposed if you cut the trees down. In some cases the boards are bigger than the trees that 'mysteriously' disappeared. As you may guess this is not popular with the house owners, who of course know ‘nothing’ at all about the tree being cut down!!

I actually think this is a good idea!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

that is a beautiful tree, teresa,sad to see the old tree like that...

keep us posted!

Cat said...

Oh, that is just too sad. Such a shame to see something so beautiful taken away. Glad you captured it in photos before she's gone...Especially so happy that she didn't go down easily!

Rose said...

These are fabulous shots!

Paula said...

This makes me want to cry....

pattisjarrett said...

It's kind of sad to see her go. Glad you got some photos of her last days.

Connie said...

What a beautiful tree! I used to live in the country and had a tree like that! I really got upset when it was finally cut up for firewood, it had such character. Just found your wonderful blog!

Chatty Crone said...

My heart is broken - why or how could someone do that? sandie

aarond said...

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Rita said...

I am very sentimental about old trees, too. Did my heart good to see her defy the saw. ;)

LB @ Bullets And Biscuits said...

that's a tough ol' bird...er, tree

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