Pillar of the forest

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Lilypon on October 11, 2007

LOL Ryan all of a sudden I feel very small and insignificant (and I'm not going to show my trees your pic! ;)

Ryan Calhoun on October 11, 2007

Pam, my original estimate of the height was a bit off. The smallest of these is about 50 feet, the average closer to 70, and the tallest over 80. They don't offer many branches within reach for climbing, but their upper canopy blocks out the sky with almost no natural clearings. But squirrels can shoot up and down these trunks with almost no effort.

Lilypon on October 11, 2007

Shaking head here........Amazing! BTW I think they charge a fortune to bring our older trees down...but I'm guessing they'd pay for yours?

Do you have flying squirrels too Ryan?

Ryan Calhoun on October 12, 2007

There are newer neighborhoods in the area, built by contractors who strip the land before building, and the lots are usually not that big, maybe 1/2 or 1/4 acre. If those people want firewood they have to buy it. And usually they will pay and do all the cutting and do all the cutting themselves. I know people who have sold trees, but it doesn't happen very often because each tree is a huge amount of wood! I'm still having to move piles of firewood cut sometime last year from a single tree.

I think if a tree removal company cut the tree they would charge for it, but they would pay for the wood if you don't want it. I'm not sure who ends up paying whom in that case, though.

Apparently there are flying squirrels in the area, but I've never seen one. They're supposed to be strictly nocturnal, and they have plenty of hiding places during the day.

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  • Uploaded on October 11, 2007
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    by Ryan Calhoun
    • Camera: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XT
    • Taken on 2007/10/05 17:39:32
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 17.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV
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