Friday, May 18, 2012

The Tree is Falling.. Words of my Heart by Texas Artist Laurie Pace

May 18, 2012

The tree is falling.  When we moved here two years ago in the early spring, we did not realize the largest oak tree at the top of our hill overlooking the lake was deceased. Two months later we were devastated to know we had to remove the tree.

Terry put it off for two years but this spring the huge limbs began crashing down to the earth below with loud echoes through the forest and a tremble to the ground.  He readied the chain saw this spring and wisely knew it was more than one man could handle. There is a crew of men coming today to begin taking down this tree. Two of us surrounding the truck cannot touch hands. 

The history of this tree has been to grow undisturbed in this forested area for probably over 100 years or more.  It watched the lake being dug and put in, and the influx of people to this once quiet area as it began to develop. The birds that have nested and brought new babies into this world have looked to the tree for shelter for all these years. The squirrels will miss the travel time leaping from one tree to another and with the missing span of the canopy, there will be sun filling the hillside.

Everyone that has visited us has taken pictures of this tree… as even in death it’s majesty prevailed across the hillside.  I will miss this naked dead tree as I have watched and recorded through photography many of the stages of decay, very sobering in it’s strength despite it’s death.

Words of my heart, Laurie
A Texas Artist, Laurie Pace

The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.  Genesis 2:9

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