Random Thoughts

Century oak tumbles

from the SilverStringer phototeam

The giant red oak that graced the side yard of a home on Park Street took the best part of a hundred years to reach nearly 80 feet high, but it took only one day to bring it down. According to tree man on the job, there was a rotted area that presented a pressing danger to houses nearby. The oak measured four and a half feet in diameter at its base and probably took root back when the first Roosevelt -- Teddy -- was president. The pieces in the photograph were to be shipped to a mill in New Hampshire.

December 2, 2005

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