If a Tree Falls in the Woods…

If you’ve ever pondered the question about a tree falling when no one is around, don’t give it another thought. The answer, unequivocally, is yes. And if it’s two trees, the answer is a double yes. I know this because on Saturday evening around 7:30 p.m., after a day of pouring rain and with no one in sight, two ancient oaks in the woods between our house and the Reedy River crashed to the ground. I heard a sound, Tim heard a sound, and Bella and Rudy heard a sound.

And it was BIG!

Two oaks, pointing to 2 o'clock and 12 o'clock.

Two oaks, pointing to 2 o’clock and 12 o’clock.

Oak pointing to 2 o'clock in first photo.

Oak pointing to 2 o’clock in first photo.

Oak pointing to 12 o'clock in first photo.

Oak pointing to 12 o’clock in first photo.

19 thoughts on “If a Tree Falls in the Woods…

  1. Pauline

    Are they your trees, will you be able to use them? They must have made a lot of noise, I was woken in the night a couple of months ago when the top of one of our oaks came down, such a loud crack and then a tearing sound, poor trees.

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    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Martha–Truthfully, I don’t have many plans for the area other than to encourage the native ferns and perennials, so I guess no real harm done.
      The hillside is steeper than it looks so they will compost where they are.

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  2. ginnytalbert

    Wow, Marian! I know they made a huge thump (I’ve heard big trees like these go down!) The pictures with Tim help provide perspective, and they are indeed big trees. Sad to lose them…

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  3. Linda Peters

    It ‘s always a shame to see the big ones go, but the bright side is that you now have an opportunity to plant!

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      1. Marian St.Clair Post author

        Ellen–I think the rain did have something to do with it, not sure what. We found a crack in the first tree this summer and it took out the second tree, which was already dead.

  4. Julie Smith

    I thought I was going to see them uprooted. And on another bright side, I see the potential for a lot of firewood.

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  5. Barbara Wilder

    Now all you need is someone “crafty” with a chain saw to notch out a bench and voila you an other spot/perspective to enjoy the garden. If that’s not possible, could you begin a photographic journey of “The Fallen Oak Saga” so we can follow the slow and steady process of re-entry into the soil.

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