Here in the Sierra Foothills we are plagued by the Grey Pine, or the Digger Pine as it is called locally. It is one of the ugliest pines, and they grow quickly, and have branches the size of a normal tree trunk. These trees end up becoming unbalanced due to these heavy limbs. Typically we see snapped limbs and fallen trees. We have a number of these around our home, and had to remove three that were too close to the house and one that was near the power line to the house. These trees can reach heights between 80-100 feet tall.
Check out the tree by the power lines. At the upper third of the tree you will see the fellow doing the work, at the top 1/3 of the tree.
I had to admire the expertise of the worker. He was very careful the way he was cutting the branches to ensure they did not hit the power lines. He would trim off part of the branch, pulling it away from the lines. Then he would slice off the rest of the limb. In this photo, he has removed the upper trunk and you will see the piece falling away from him at about 3:30 on a clock dial.
As the trees came down, the pieces littered our driveway. I snapped this next series of photos of the interesting growth patterns inside the trees, and the amazing sap that oozed out of each cut piece.
Shavings from the chain saw cover our driveway and the areas where the trees once stood.
I hope that you enjoyed these photos! I wish to thank you for stopping by today!
Happy New Year to you! Be safe if you go out tonight! Be well! ^..^