Every once in a while Mother Nature sends you a wake up notice and she did for us last week. And
it sucked. A quick and violent wind storm took down a large willow oak in our front yard in Grays Chapel, North Carolina. Willow oaks grow fast, and although only 53 years old, it was huge and provided wonderful shade. Sadly, I know exactly how old it was, because my Dad and I planted it when I was six years old. It was and old friend and I am so sorry to see it go.
Fortunately, I found a crew of really good tree men to clean up the mess. The guys from Andy McArthur tree service with the help of a 50 ton crane moved everything and kept the damage minimal.
(Photographs copyright 2012 by Dan Routh)