You’re walking in the forest and you see this tree.
What do you do?
- Marvel over the crack and continue on with the hike. Nature will take care of itself.
- Marvel over the crack and make a note to invite your father-in-law over with his chainsaw.
- Marvel over the crack and decide that it’s too dangerous to leave and go find a saw to deal with it yourself.
- Marvel over the crack. Poke sticks in the crack to try and lever the tree off the stump. Fail. Decide that this tree must come down right this minute. Decide that the best tool will be a sledge hammer. Saw, pshaw.
So my answer would probably be ‘B,’ but of course my resident lumberjack saw an opportunity to advance from his most recent experience felling a tree with an ax to be even more manly. The words “I could be Thor!” did in fact come out of his mouth.
A couple of hard whacks popped the tree off its stump–all while I watched and photographed from a safe distance. However, the tree is still standing more vertical than horizontal, branches tangled in his closest neighbour.
We are now moving on to plan B.
What would you do? Any idea what made the tree crack like that? We had a big ice storm the other week, so it could have been the weight of the ice, but other trees that came down didn’t crack horizontally across the trunk. Anyone else living with someone who fancies himself a god?