Six years ago we were hit with an ice storm that decimated trees here in the state of Oklahoma. In our area we were without power for 7 days. After one day without power and told it would be up to a week before we got hooked up to power again, we went a bought a generator to power our house. We have not had to use it again but it is a comfort to know that we have it just in case.
|The Ole Sycamore|
But I digress…in the space of six years and two years of severe drought and looking at a third straight year of drought, we have lost 14 trees out of our yard. In the neighborhood, our block alone, I would say we have lost 20+ big trees.
Last week we had our big Sycamore in the front yard taken down. It’s sad to see these once beautiful trees die. Between ice storms, drought, fungus and parasites it’s a wonder they even make it to full maturity.
I remember when our girls were small, it was a winter day and they were playing hide-n-seek around the Sycamore. I filmed it as it was so cute. Ah the memories…
The past couple of years the Mississippi Kites (5 of them)
|Cleaning up the mess|
would roost in it. One night there was a big horned Owl up there hooting away. In a hollowed out knot-hole a wee bird of some sort had a nest and in another knot-hole was a wasp nest. It was home to many critters over the years. It kept the house shaded from the hot Oklahoma summer sun and provided us a cool spot where we could sit and read in the quiet of twilight. It provided us a limb in which to put up a rope swing for the girls and was the west soccer goal for a quick pick-up game between the girls and their dad. Yep I’m going to miss that big old tree.
601 More days till we’re out there!