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Heartwood

split tree
split tree

Heartwood

This tree trunk was 20″ in diameter one-third of its height from the top above where the lightning struck it. It’s a wild black cherry, so the cherry wood is beautiful, but for a tree with such dense grain it splintered with the force of the lightning, and shards of bark are all over the streets. This is part of what fell in my neighbor’s yard, which was essentially half the top of the tree; the trunk had split years ago and the tree had two tops.

tree branches

The top of the tree, just a pile of branches.

Even the doe looks shocked at the scene. Either that or she’s following me. Or she wants to be a model and likes to have her picture taken.

doe with tree branches

Even the doe is surprised.

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