If A Tree Falls at Work …


High School

(The above photo has absolutely nothing to do with this post.  I just happen to like it.)

One of the bosses was out of town, and the other was out for the morning.  Our computer system and internet were down.  No phones were ringing.  Filing had been completed.  There was nothing left to do.

I decided to nuke a cup of coffee, and while the microwave was doing its thing, I glanced out the window at my favorite dead tree.  I had been meaning to bring in my good camera to photograph that tree because of the way the uppermost limbs seemed to reach toward something beyond the clouds.

As I ruminated, a huge tree service truck pulled up, and several men got out and approached MY tree.  Were they merely going to trim the  branches?  No, there were going to TAKE IT DOWN!

Say what?  Another photo opportunity missed.


I ran for my little, older camera (which I always have with me) and figured I’d do my best.  Fair warning – the following photos were taken on a cloudy day, through a dirty window with a screen, with a not particularly good camera, by a not particularly good photographer, but they get the story told:

First, the smaller limbs must go:

I wouldn’t want to be the guy in that cherry-picker bucket, but he seemed to be enjoying himself.

Working the way up the tree:

Better check with the guys below to make sure there’s no traffic or pedestrians – after all this is a city street during a busy work day:

OK, it’s safe to throw the branches down:

Branches off, top third has been removed.  (The photo was too blurry to use, and I didn’t want to be that nosy old biddy running outside with her camera.)

Now, it’s time to take down the trunk of the tree.  Sawing from the bottom?  Really?  Yikes!

The other workers don’t seemed concerned as they put the rope on while the trunk is still being sawed:

Two guys went to either end of the work area to stop traffic temporarily, and thankfully the little kids at the daycare center across the street had moved away from the fence.

And finally – THERE SHE GOES!

(Check out the motion marks as the trunk falls to the street.  If you look carefully, you can see the tree hasn’t actually hit the ground yet.)

Thus ended the last day of my work week.  Turned out to be not so boring after all.

TGIF, folks!

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Images by Cordelia’s Mom/TeddyRosalie Studio

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16 Responses to If A Tree Falls at Work …

  1. Shame t had to go.


  2. Rivergirl says:

    Hate to see any tree go…. but nice falling action shot!

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  3. Tippy Gnu says:

    I think that I shall never see a post as lovely as a tree. Good job having a backup camera.

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  4. Karen J says:

    Hi, CM!
    I gotta tell you, those photos are fine – and I wouldn’t even guess at all the “issues” you mentioned!

    I was fortunate enough to be home when the Tree Guys came to take down the beautiful but bug-infested ash tree in my yard.
    Their skills were amazing – how they cut those big branches, missed the garage, missed the fence.
    The pile of branches became home to a family of raccoons, and I discovered a new joy in backyard sunshine!


    • It was a learning experience, for sure. I’ve never watched a tree being taken down before. The guys I photographed were awesome, and afterwards they cleaned up so well you could hardly tell it had been done just that day.

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    Proof that the best camera is the one you have with you. Great sequence, CM.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Thanks, Dan. What you say turned out to be extra true the next day when I left my doctor’s office and as soon as I turned onto the road, there was a whole line of geese in front of me. I’m sure you’ve seen those photos on Flickr; I may or may not post them here.

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  7. willowdot21 says:

    Excellent photos, shame the tree had to go. But as it was dead it was the safer option.💜


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