One in Adelphi, Maryland, one in Wildwood, Florida, one at the US National Arboretum with a grandfatherly interest in many more around the DC area (unless noted, pictures are taken the day of post)
Friday, April 9, 2010
Two trees go down overnight in Fern Valley
The cold front that rolled through last night dropping temperatures about 35 degrees, brough some winds with it. Fern Valley took a big hit, losing two large Beech trees in the Valley proper. The first tree had a hole in it, you can see the rotten part in both pictures, and it snapped there. The second tree was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Removing them will be complicated and take a long time. Leaving them is really not an option because they would eventually end up in the stream.
Someone had picked up this shield-shaped piece and laid it on the trunk of the first tree. I showed the picture to GrayC and she immediately recognized the tattoos. Trees die; we expect them to. Still, it's sad to see two giants down.