The Other Wood

9/29/2017 Hurricane Irma Blew through here about 2 weeks ago and we were feeling very lucky that we did not have any damage, and no trees came down with the high winds.  Well, some time during the day yesterday our luck changed.  Mike came home from work, walked in the door and said “wow, when did that tree come down?”.  I had had a hectic day and with so many distractions dealing with contractors in the house I had no idea what he was talking about.  We walked out to see this massive double trunked oak tree had split in half.  To be fair, when we purchased the property and had a tree removal company in to take out enough of the massive trees to clear the build site, we contemplated taking down this tree, but I was talked out of it.  Now I wish I had listened to my instincts.  I’ve said numerous times that this particular tree did not look healthy, with visible rot in the crotch between the two trunks, and because of it’s size, it was a bit scary thinking about the damage it could do if it came down.  Thankfully it only crushed some wire weld fencing.  But Mike made the oh so true statement that “this is the reason farms always look like they have pieced together fencing”.