reply to post by intergalactic fire
Thank you so much for this thread!
I absolutely love trees of all types and am amazed at the wide variety of habitats they have adapted themselves to in our world. They provide so much
to the local biome that any harm to them really is a crime against nature. We should strive to preserve them if at all possible and not just bulldoze
over them if they are in the way.
The Standing People
give so much to each area they are in and we could do well to learn that lesson.
There is a tree only a few hours' drive from me called The Big
that has many legends surrounding it, as do maby of these ancient beings.
The tree is estimated to be over 1000 years old, but no core samples have been done to check it's age. There is another method, which is
non-destructive that utilizes sound waves called tomography:
A new device allows the non - destructive inspection of standing trees for cracks, cavities, and rot. It is based on the simultaneous measurement
of the time of transmission of stress waves by several sensors arranged around the stem. The system was extensively tested by comparison of the
tomogram with either the cross - section of the tree cut after the measurement, or with data from penetrometers or increment cores obtained in the
same plane. The border of cavities is identified to the nearest cm, whereas the with of cracks in the tomogram depends on the position of the sensors
around the stem. Rots are identified as soon as the wood is sufficiently deteriorated to reduce the velocity of sound. This system may become a
valuable tool for hazard tree inspection, evaluation, and management.
It works in a way similar to an ultrasound.
There is also The Angel Oak
in South Carolina that is estimated to be
between 700 and 1500 years old. It too is a magnificent specimen:
I have a special place in my heart for oaks, and have played a significant role in saving one in my home town, the fight for which can be learned
about in this thread
authored by an ATS friend of mine. And I actually changed my FB
profile pic to that of the Lorax in honor of the fight for the tree.
While it is a mere baby compared to the venerable trees in your post and the ones I mention above, it could easily live to be as old as the two in
this post, and it will now get that chance thanks to the efforts of many people. It is being moved to a new home to land donated by my dad so that the
tree can be saved.
And another nearby (to me) tree that has a most interesting history is the Moonshine Tree:
My grandfather, his brother, and a couple of other locals (Italian immigrant farmers, all) used to brew...moonshine during prohibition under this tree
in a shack which is long since gone.
According to my dad, there are still several jugs buried in the vicinity of the tree...anyone in South East Texas know someone with access to ground
This was my tree growing up and I spent many many hours up in it's branches and in amongst the grove of oaks which has since grown up around it. The
people who care nothing for trees are cold and heartless IMHO and are not the kind of people worth knowing.