Sunday, October 27, 2013

If a tree falls and no one is around...

I was not around to hear the sound when this monster Oak tree fell at Chalk Mountain, but I am certain that it made quite a commotion.  

Large fallen Oak tree between the 15th and 12th holes
This tree contains at least 4 cords of wood and is a sad loss to the course as it has guarded the left side of the 12th hole since the course has existed and was probably home to many squirrels long before the course was even dreamed up 35 years ago.  As you can see from the photo, the tree was completely hollow at the base and the sheer weight of the tree was finally too much for it structure.  All of the branches and smaller wood from the tree have already been cleaned up, but the massive trunk and base will be left in place to decompose over time and provide habitat for insects and other wildlife that will call this tree skeleton home.

The photo to the left provides a better perspective of the size of the tree with the yamaha cart parked beside its base.  The base of the tree had a diameter that was nearly as wide as the golf cart is long!

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