Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

Maple tree

The property we live on was settled in 1840. I don’t know when this Maple Tree, whose shadow shows here on the house was planted, but it has been here a while. It is 82″ in circumference and about 55′ tall.

Next week, this giant will come down.

It is sick and weak. During the last big storm, a very large branch came down that almost took out more than one of the cars. If it comes down in another direction, it will take down a lovely side porch as well as damage the house and roof.

We don’t have a choice. It has to come down. But, I’m definitely going to miss the old guy.

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Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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20 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Shadowed

  1. Joyce says:

    Your protector has seen a lot in its majestic years, but I agree that the time has come to say goodbye. You can’t take a chance on he havoc it would wreak on your lovely home. Your tree served you well, though. I imagine its demise will take away a strong sense of being sheltered with it.


    • Yes. it provided quite an umbrella of shade. 🙂 I can remember when we all moved to the property in 2005 there was an old wooden swing hanging on a big branch. I wish I’d taken a photo of that old swing and the deteriorated rope it was attached to. I bet it would have had a lot of stories to tell about happy children who had lived here previously. 🙂


  2. How sad to lose it. We had one that was leaning and got some sort of disease. I was worried it would take out the side of the house, so had it removed. It’s mate, planted at the same time still stands, and we had it trimmed up a bit after the other was removed. It still “self prunes” when ever a storm gives it a good rattling. It too has some sort of black disease and worm holes, but stands pretty strong. We keep a close watch. One year I had 22 removed from the property so we could build; and that summer the neighbors tree fell on our brand new garage during a hurricane. You just never know. When the neighbor’s second one fell; it took out our chain link fencing and hit the garage again, not doing as much damage. Do you think they could have even fixed our fence? Nope….didn’t even offer. Hubby left it twisted up for 2 years before I begged him to repair it. He wanted them to look at it every time they came down the lane! Never fazed them!


    • wow here in the UK they would have a legal responsability to repair any damage from a tree on their land. I assumed that would be true everywhere…


      • Sad to say, not in the US. Our homeowners insurance company happens to be the same company; and they say “ACT of GOD, not their fault”. So, technically, no liability. But seriously….wouldn’t you be a good neighbor and offer to fix it or help with the labor of fixing? At least they removed their trees that blocked our driveways.


      • Thats very convenient for the insurance company….why do they always seem to be the winners! And yes of course we would have offered to help 🙂

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    • Love your fence story. The neighbor’s branches took out the top of one our fence panels during this last storm. No contact here either. 🙂 I’m a real tree hugger so this is hard. We’re having three taken down because of disease and three pruned heavily. Hopefully that will keep us for a while.

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  3. pbmgarden says:

    This is a wonderful photograph Judy. I know you’ll miss this big tree.


  4. The photo is so beautiful, but how sad that you must take the tree down. Sometimes the changes which life brings are not so happy….perhaps you will plant some new trees at a safer distance fromthe house….and you could have something made from some of the wood…a table, bench, chairs?


  5. As an arborist, I hear these stories many times. Some trees can become part of the family as they can live through many generations of a human family.
    I grew up with 2 black walnut trees next to our driveway. Why anyone thought that was a great place to put trees that would drop 6 ounce bombs from 50 feet onto cars…. ugh!
    Yet, my parents kept them (not for lack of $ to fell them) just because they looked good at the side of the house.
    The final straw was my mother’s new car getting grand pummeling one day after a storm. Even if the walnut does not dent your car, upon impact, they explode with a yellow goo that stains your car. That was it. No more walnut trees.
    I was reading the comments. . I thought it was funny (not really) that many folks think that trees falling are an ‘act of god’ and aren’t responsible to repair neighbor’s damages. I don’t know anywhere in the U.S. that if a tree grows on your property, that it isn’t your responsibility. (Remember, professional arborist here!) The only questionable thing would be if the tree sits right on a property line.

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  6. Grandma Kc says:

    A beautiful shadow and I can understand why you will hate to see him go after all these years but I sure understand why it has to be done. Where they land can be very unpredictable!


  7. Annie says:

    I do get attached to trees but realize this one must go. I’m sure you are already thinking about what you will do in that spot once the tree is gone. A garden? Another tree?


  8. What a gorgeous photo with the sunlight and shadows. I can imagine you are going to miss it’s cool shade in the summer 😦


  9. Anyone who loves trees can understand that it’s a bittersweet moment for you.
    Are you able to save any of the wood for another purpose?
    Interesting photo, by the way.


  10. Always a sad thing to remove a big old shade tree. Changes the whole feel of a garden. But it can open up new possibilities.


  11. Tina Schell says:

    What a bummer, but how appropriate you got the chance to memorialize it beforehand! We had a beautiful tree in front of our home in NJ and in one heavy spring snow the weight of the white stuff snapped it in two. Fortunately it fell AWAY from the house! Sadly, you’re doing the right thing!


  12. I love all these comments, people feel so passionate about old trees, myself included! We have a old sugar maple that was planted when our house was built in 1861 that is all charred on one side from lightening. It still is magnificent ( 65ft?), but won’t be able to withstand the leaning for too much longer. I will just have to see as a lot of that winter’s wood. I try to plant 3-4 trees of a decent size each year to replace the couple we lose each year. It is fun to pick out unusual varieties of native species. It does constitute a substantial commitment both physical and financial. Adding back diversity and disease resistant varieties are important for everything!


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