Thursday, March 19, 2015

Before And After

There is a big old cypress tree on the street side of the family beach house in Capitola. It's been there for as long as Roger can remember. I wish I had photos from 1938 when Roger's grandparents bought the house. I bet the tree could be seen then too. I would love to know what it looked like 77 years ago. This is what it looked like last week.

It covers this side of the house almost entirely. Many four-legged critters have found their way into this tree. Over the years we've seen raccoons, opossums, and squirrels. It was thick enough to offer lots of possibilities for cover.

The tree has been trimmed over the years, but it had been quite some time since the last trimming. So when we were there last week, we had a tree trimmer come out and take a look. He saw something that we had somehow overlooked. One of the very big branches was resting heavily on the roof. Uh-oh. It absolutely had to be cut.

I took a close-up to really get an idea of how big that branch is.
That's a mighty big branch. So, we arranged to have the tree trimmed on Monday and have photos sent to us of what it looks like now. It is mind-blowing.
What a crazy difference. The trimmer had to cut a second large branch to keep the tree balanced.

Well, we hope this change will be as good for the tree as it is for the roof.

15 comments:

  1. What a beautiful old cypress tree! A longtime companion for your family. Trees become a part of our families, too. I remember my father talking about a cottonwood tree at the house where he grew up in Minneapolis. He also talked about one he planted before he left Minnesota in the 1930s and came to live in Los Angeles. I wonder what the story is about your old cypress tree.

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  2. Beautiful tree. We had our big oaks done a year ago after a split on one of the large limbs. It does make them healthier.

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  3. am-- It really is a beautiful old tree. It's hard to imagine that this is what it looks like now. It will be interesting to watch it grow again.

    Rain-- Your story fills me with hope that the tree will be healthier. Time will tell.

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  4. Two incredible images; thank you! Now, the tree looks like an umbrella being blown over by the wind. I hope the tree can tolerate this severe trimming because it's really venerable.

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  5. It is a super that you caught the potential hazard. Surely the tree will prosper. They usually do, thank goodness.

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  6. Scott-- The tree does look like an umbrella in the wind. I saw that too. I do hope this old beauty will be well, it's got quite a history there.

    Arkansas Patti-- It was such a surprise to see that branch. Wow. I can't figure out how that could come to rest like that, but it did. We'll be keeping an eye on that old cypress. I plan to photograph it often to document how it does.

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  7. The tree does kind of remind me of the kind of windblown trees you see along the coast. Maybe it will like its new haircut.

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  8. Mark-- It does look like those windblown Monterey Cypresses now. I like thinking of it that way.

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  9. What an amazing tree with its twisting trunk. So sad to have to remove part of it, but you just cannot have limbs that will damage the roof.

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  10. That is amazing, but it was the right thing to do.

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  11. A good crew cut every half millennium or so is a good thing! I like the mega bonsai trim!

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  12. NCmountainwoman-- It really is an amazing old tree. Sure hope it survives well in its new, smaller way.

    Pablo-- It was the right thing to do, but wow, what a surprise that was.

    MandT-- I like thinking of it as its crew cut. Can't wait to see what it looks like in a decade.

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  13. If roofs were growing things, the roof and the tree would be as entwined as is their history.

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  14. CCorax-- That would have made quite an image; the roof and tree entwined. A lovely thought.

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  15. Nice tree. It's a good thing you had someone look at it now, instead of later. It might look less full, but it's still a beauty. It's great that the tree didn't have to be removed!

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