04 October 2012

Wounded Senior

Oak tree, Charleston, S.C.

We love this grand and ancient split oak tree on the campus of Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital. I was startled to see a huge limb broken off and laying in the parking lot this morning. Poor wounded tree.

They already had an arborist making a house call offering advice on the best way to take care of the damage with the least harm to the tree. By afternoon there was a large pile of cut wood laying in the shade of the tree.


Below is a photo taken earlier this year before the limb loss.


11 comments:

  1. Ouch! I hate to see those old, grand trees get frail. I hope it can last a few more generations at least.

    S

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    1. It was like seeing an old friend wounded. I think they can save most of it.

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  2. We went to see "the angel tree'" when we visited, and I was so awed I felt like genuflecting. How do they grow so large??

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    1. The Angel Oak is awesome. Those limbs are carefully propped.

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  3. I've been away, and so have just ripped through the last six days' worth of your blog.... The trees! The tarts! Oh, and that pear thing! (Ha!) All delicious, no surprises there.

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  4. Oh what magnificent trees! But it looks like their weight could cause the branches to break. Better not to park beneath them, in spite of the shade.

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    1. True. They check them regularly I am surprised all this rot was hidden enough to escape notice.

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  5. I'm sorry to see that. It was the tree with the most character of all of them there. Time takes us all...

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    1. Yes, I always imagined it had been split by lightening and had super powers.

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  6. WHAT A GRAND TREE!! Ugh, hopefully the tree will be ok?!!

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