Tuesday, July 24, 2018

OMG !! Another Branch Broke !

HOLY CRAP ! A HUGE limb broke on our Cottonless Cottonwood on Monday. 

That thing has to be over 40 feet long!

And it just barely missed hitting the truck, the end of the branch is under the truck just in front of the front tire. It took a couple of small Elm trees and many branches in it's wake.

 The Break

Here's a close up of the break.

This tree has been on the property since before we bought it. We moved here in 1993 and it was already a huge tree. 
We have only had two big branches break from the tree since we have lived here. 
The first was one winter when we had a really heavy snow fall and that on missed me by a couple feet, if I hadn't run into the shed when I heard the crack I would have been right under it.
This one I never even heard it break, it happened sometime between 5am and 3 pm. It kinda gave me the creeps as I had just been walking in that part of the the yard the day before.
It always sheds smaller branches up to 3-4 feet long in heavy winds, but there were no heavy winds on Monday, but the huge branches do reach out 30-40 feet long, so it's only a matter of time I guess. 
On the bright side, it will provide a bunch of firewood for next winter.
 
The hubs joked it was probably our big fat squirrels running back and forth all day long that did it. I feed them all the time all year so they do get a bit plump. ; } And when I took the pictures today I just missed catching one of them running up the limb.

Feel so lucky and Blessed that no damage was done, except to the trees.

Stay Safe Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

4 comments:

  1. Glad you are both safe & sound.
    That's a huge branch!
    Marilyn

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  2. Wow! I am glad you weren't hurt and there was no damage. It could have been cracked before it actually split.

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  3. Glad you are safe. It's sad to see a grand old tree shed branches. Guess it's like our huge Eucalypts where I live in Australia. They can also do major damage when a branch crashes down.

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