Last night a storm front came in with wind and rain. Early this morning, after hearing a gawd-awful WHUMP we looked out the front door at this.
The rain system came in on an east wind which is unusual for the summer when the tree is fully leafed out. Wind plus wet leaves plus age equals destruction. How bad would it be when we really went out to look?
The broken section miraculously fell exactly in the only place it could and not cause major damage - squarely in the narrow area between the house and garage.
It did break a modest branch off the flowering crab next to the garage but it never touched the nice wind chimes that were a gift just recently.
Quite the mess.
It was literally half the tree and nothing we were going to clean up in a few minutes.
Also, a very large limb was teetering on the edge of the upper storey roof but we weren't about to try to get it off in the wind and rain. You can just see the broken stub of it superimposed over the vertical trunk of the standing tree.
What about the bees?
Sometime during the morning while we were doing other things the big branch took itself off the roof and somehow rolled or twisted out and away from the house and windows. Again, there was an amazing lack of damage. Even my garden gargoyle suffered no harm despite the tree trunk coming to rest just nudging his wings. I think he should have had his hands over his head at this point.
The afternoon brought sun and a chance to clean up. We still marvel at how the tree missed everything important.
Andy nibbled away the leafy branches first with the chainsaw and I pulled them away into a big pile for removal later. Once he could reach it, Andy got the tractor bucket under the broken trunk and lifted/pulled it off the porch railing and could cut it loose from the standing tree.
Once the sun came out and the air warmed up the bees became very active and worked busily going to and fro as though nothing had happened.
Our friend, Red, came over and helped and it really went very quickly.
The profile of the yard is quite different and it will likely change again soon. Our tree trimmer got another call from us today and he was here this evening to look over the situation. He doesn't see a problem with topping the remaining tree and will get to us as soon as possible. For now the tree looks like this.
And we are counting our blessings!