Different day, different tree

Just a few metres down from the flamboyant tulip tree I posted the other day, I saw this one.

It must have been a glorious gum tree in its day, shading that house and offering homes to birds and other creatures. I’m glad the owners of that property chose to retain what was left after the tree had many of its branches removed. (Some of our gum trees can be susceptible to failure of the branches, under certain circumstances, sometimes with devastating results.)  

In the background, you see part of the hill which is home to a large pine forest. That portion has been harvested; when you see the whole hill, you see various ages and stages of the pine trees. Soon, they will be replanting the harvested area; that should be interesting to see. I understand the team who come to do that are from New Zealand. The site is very steep, it’s not an easy job!

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  1. Bert

    It seems as though there are about five millionaires in Crowther. Why are they all on your blog, Yvonne? Why Crowther?

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  2. That tree is almost a sculpture. I can see why they kept it, but depending on the wood, it’s mighty close to the house. Nice photo. Your neck of the woods looks like California’s Central Valley.

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  3. So is that tree now a dead shell or still living? It seems to me to be a bit too severe to come back – but I don’t know that much about gum trees. We have lots of pine forests up north – planted for paper mills and timber and so on, down south they are more wilding forests which are gradually being replaced by native plantings. The pines were introduced, liked what they saw and took over – a bit like the gorse did.

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    • No, it is definitely dead, but it is solid dead wood, no danger to the house. (Famous last words, but then I have another blog post topic, eh?)

      It was interesting to see the harvesting process a few months ago, very mechanised, very precise.

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  4. Well I certainly hope that tree will sprout some greenery but it seems just a bit too severe a pruning for my liking.

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    • Not what I’d call a pruning, John. I guess some of the branches were threatening to do one of their sudden drops. Next time I’m that way, I’ll look for evidence of ring-barking.

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  5. I have always felt akin to trees. They bring such joy to us human-beans. I feel sad when they die. But even in all of the seasons of earth, and their seasons on the earth, I find them beautiful.
    My parents had fruit trees, and a huge veggie garden, every year. I remember one time, when I was a little girl, when one of the trees died. My Dad cut it down to a nice size stump so we could sit on it. I liked that. I felt like the tree was still with us. 🙂
    How are doing, SweetYvonne?
    (((HUGS))) and ❤

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  6. I wonder what happens to the root system when a tree has had this kind of haircut. I notice that it was planted in a raised bed, and perhaps that was to give the house some protection from invasion. As you say, it would have been magnificent. Now it is an outdoor sculpture. Interesting approach!

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    • I guess the roots also die, but maintain a close bond with the earth. Our soil is quite heavy clay, which would help to hold that remnant in place.

      I’d like to have that tree in my back yard; I’d put some bird boxes in those branches.

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  7. No. Non. Nein. Net. Nada.

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  8. I briefly saw that tree on my mobile. It was an interesting landscape in brown, Nature’s own colours. I do agree with Andrew above about a greyscale version, however. Now the WP reader simply would not load any image. Is a transformation in work?

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  9. I hope the tree sends out new shoots again soon. The home dwellers would be noticing a big difference.

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  10. Good things come in trees.

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  11. I can imagine this in black and white with high contrast processing. Very photogenic tree.

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