We were starting out for a walk on a rainy day last August when I took this photo of Sam’s favorite tree. The canopy in the misty distance is (was) an Eastern Cottonwood on the corner of 7th and West Peachtree.
Here’s the mighty trunk, with magnolia leaves in the foreground…
We admired it every time we passed. With pictures of a tree and a photo challenge “Weight(less)” asking to explore the effects of gravity, it’s no mystery where this is going. Last weekend when we walked by, the tree was gone. Trees that old and mighty seem like they’ll be here forever, and it was a shock to see not even a trace of it left, and nothing but a bed of pine straw in its place.
I found an article on the Georgia Tech website explaining that the trunk was splitting despite efforts to save the tree, and that it was being removed before limbs fell. How big was the tree? It’s described as “82-inch caliper” — that’s diameter. Here it is with Sam on a sunny day last June —
And one more look up, before gravity had its way —
I’d love to know how old the tree was. I hope there’ll soon be a young one it its place.
Do you have a favorite tree?
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