Requiem for a White Oak

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unfortunately the damage caused by the ice storm has not abated since December 12th. My neighbor’s stately oak was split quite badly by the storm and met it’s end today. This tree has been here for as long as I remember and because it was growing by itself instead of competing with other trees, it grew into a spreading form. It is a little difficult to estimate it’s age because the outer rings are faint, but we are guessing about 70 years.

So many years to grow and so few moments to fall.
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