Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Pining for two pine friends

First you see the yellow sawdust at the bottom of the tree and soon you see a dead tree. The dead tree wasn’t in a fire, it was killed by some sort of wood boring beetles. Due to the stress and strain of the three hurricanes that came through our area over the past few years, our pines are being killed by these insects. Just like humans, stress can cause the trees to become vulnerable. A healthy tree would not fall victim to these beetles, but sadly an overly stressed one will. Many trees that were able to survive the actual storms are now meeting their fate this way.

The trees in the picture were in our yard and very close to our home. The one beside the dead one was showing signs that it too would die. It broke my heart that we were losing both of them. They both were cut down and removed yesterday.

I don’t know where the squirrels will go to live and play, but it won’t be in these trees and we have no other large trees in our yard. Yes, I sure did cry yesterday when the tree company arrived and the chainsaws began to buzz. These trees were a part of my outside family and I miss them.


Blogger Katharine said...

Aw, poor you. Trees are definitely family members: They shelter us, clean our air, and give us beauty and memories. Will you plant more trees?

May 23, 2007 3:55 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

It's heartbreaking losing a tree. We lost 3 at once in a hurricane and it's so sad.

May 23, 2007 4:27 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

I can sympathize with you. When a tree is cut down, I actually go into mourning whether it's mine or not. Condolences.

May 23, 2007 4:31 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

We are losing them rapidly here in Georgia as well. I have two dead trees in the back now from pine borers. Now with drought putting more stress on them we will lose even more.
Sorry for your and the squirrels loss.

May 23, 2007 5:06 AM  
Blogger Cheney08 said...

I am sorry for your loss. But at least your tree didn't betray the Bush-Cheney Administration like the Rev. Falwell.

May 23, 2007 7:13 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

That is quite a loss, PoP. Maybe you can plant something that will grow tall and strong, and give the squirrels and birds a new place to call home.

May 23, 2007 7:34 AM  
Anonymous pekka said...

I am your regular bushman. Actually, everybody in my country lives in the forest and if you take us and drop us on the Praries, we just go down and sort of roll in the fetal position sucking our thumbs. Every tree is my fellow citizen and when you cut one down you cut my pal down. There is nothing in this world I despice more than some rich dude buying a large piece of nature and start cutting the offending tree down so he can roll the biggest and greenest lawn ever seen in those parts. Oh, did I forget to mention, I love trees!

May 23, 2007 8:31 AM  
Anonymous KathyR said...

A lot of trees around here were killed when we had freezing temperatures. Most of them are still in people's yards, all brown and crunchy and dead. Poor things.

I'm with Robin. Plant something new, ASAP!

May 23, 2007 9:23 AM  
Blogger angry ballerina said...

It funny how much people become emotionally connected with trees.....I use to be in love with this lilac bush that was planted infront of my house when my ex and I bought it, and one night some drunk shit head decided to go for a joy ride and ended up smashing though our gates and planted his POS in our front yard, destroying the lilacs.

May 23, 2007 9:47 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

I', sorry, PoP. You're right about the sawdust being a dead giveaway. Most wood boring beetles go for wood that is dead or weakened by fungus.

May 23, 2007 10:57 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

All my trees in the backyard had to come down a few years ago.

I miss the woodpecker that loved my pine tree... every spring I had a bird that nested in my backyard during thespring. We would feed this bird when he came to visit.

This bird would actually peck on my patio door when the bird feed was out, God I miss that.

I am so sorry to hear about your lost and I am sure the birds and squirrels are too.

May 23, 2007 12:16 PM  
Blogger MichaelBains said...

I'm hoping you plant something gorgeous and long-lived in their memory as well. You just know those squirrelies are too!

Take care.

May 23, 2007 12:29 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

I have to get some pictures of the destruction to our Cypress trees! It would break your heart to see so many of the old ones taken down to make room, They are a life source for us, and yet they are taken down in the name of development. A shameful act, and a contribution to erosion.

May 23, 2007 12:38 PM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

The first thing I did when I moved into the house we bought in Denver was to plant a gorgeous "Silver Maple" tree. When I had to leave before the divorce, I took a photo - my tree was about 8 ft. tall by then.

I went back 18 years later. The tree was over 30 feet tall and had at least a 15 ft. span at the lower branches.

My condolances on your lost friends, but have faith and plant anew. Maybe a different species would be less vulnerable?

May 23, 2007 12:55 PM  
Blogger FunkyTown Fighter said...

I'm sorry about your trees P.O.P. alot of the trees in my area have fallen victim to the elements as well. We had a few weeks of really bad storms and it knocked a bunch of our beautiful trees down. It's funny how different your neighborhood can look after losing a tree! I agree with Robin plant something new and let it be a sign of hope and peace!

May 23, 2007 2:03 PM  
Blogger Batocchio said...

Things just haven't been the same since they 60s and the beetles invasion.

Seriously, though, it's sad to see this.

May 23, 2007 5:58 PM  
Blogger Zelda Parker said...

Being a tree hugger I am sorry when these things happen. guess it's natures way of reinventing itself.

May 23, 2007 6:03 PM  
Blogger mommanator said...

I am so sorry you are pining for these trees-you should see ours from the acid rain!

May 24, 2007 6:22 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

Rust beetle devastation is really incredibly wide-spread. The photos are heartbreaking.

May 24, 2007 12:16 PM  
Blogger James said...

I'm a big fan of trees and all things green. We have a jungle of plants in our house. I have a bit of a "green thumb" as they say.

I have a bumper sticker on our car that says, "Tree Hugging Dirt Worshipper." :) I would also like to put one on my car that says, "Nice SUV. How many lives per gallon does that take?" but being in Colorado the SUV capital of the world I'd be afraid for my life. I also like the one that says, "I don't just hug trees. I kiss them too." Hehe.

I was raised in the forests and mountains here in Colorado and am a BIG nature lover. I love hearing the whispering of pine trees blowing in the wind.

Do to our drought (thanks Big Oil for your Global Warming) our vast pine forests are drying up and being cut down from beetle kill or fire.

When I was a kid I would climb up into the giant cottonwood trees that my parents planted and read and sway with the tree.

May your trees be reborn as giant redwoods. :)

May 24, 2007 2:56 PM  
Blogger Floridacracker said...

Gosh, sorry about those pines.
You probably cried twice. Once for the trees, once for the sawyer's bill.
Tree trimming doesn't come cheap.

May 24, 2007 5:54 PM  

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