The old oak, called

lilosophieNovember 6, 2012

"The Hangman's Tree"

When we moved onto this property, the oak was a bit younger and it had a dead branch sticking out at a right angle, reminiscent of the scenes in old Western, when the rustler was put on a horse, noose slipped around his neck and the good guys slapped the horse on the rear and made it run and the rustler met his just deserts, so we called it the hangman's tree.

It is the biggest and oldest tree on the property, a landmark.

Mistletoe grows on it, and it's hollow trunk is home to an endangered salamander, many species of birds live in it's branches.

The house you see is Joann's and she looks directly into all that life going on in the tree.

Thought perhaps you like to share the enjoyment.

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lindac(Iowa Z 5/4)

Nice.....

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 5:47PM
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anneliese_32(6)

Aren't old trees great? I must say I have a love/hate relationship with large and old oaks. Love them 90% of the time, but then comes fall and falling leaves....!

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 7:35PM
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mawheel

Beautiful picture and beautiful tree, Lilo. I hope it isn't too close to Joann's house, though. In light of all the downed trees in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast areas b/c of Hurrincane Sandy, it might be a hazard, some day!! Esp. with the hollow trunk.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 7:39PM
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mawheel

Beautiful picture and beautiful tree, Lilo. I hope it isn't too close to Joann's house, though. In light of all the downed trees in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast areas b/c of Hurrincane Sandy, it might be a hazard, some day!! Esp. with the hollow trunk.

    Bookmark   November 6, 2012 at 8:20PM
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petaloid(SoCal 10a/24)

Thanks for sharing the photo. There's just something about trees, especially old ones -- their sturdiness and connection to the earth.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 9:39AM
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Castaway_Kitty

That is a beautiful old tree! I love oaks! I even like them when they've lost their leaves & you can see all the lovely kinks in their branches.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2012 at 10:04AM
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west_gardener

I don't know much about trees so I searched oak and came up with the page below. The next time I see an oak, I'll sit down and meditate.It is a mighty tree.

Here is a link that might be useful: The Oak

    Bookmark   November 14, 2012 at 7:51PM
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mawheel

West gardener, that was a fascinating site. I'd carry an acorn for protection agains "illness and pain", but the other four things--even youthfulness at this point-- I think I'll pass on! LOL My neighbor has some kind of oak in her back yard, so I can get lots of acorns. I will remember to "ask permission and show gratitude", though!

    Bookmark   November 15, 2012 at 9:41AM
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anneliese_32(6)

My niece in Germany informed me that the Horticultural Tree Registry finally gave permission and will trim a branch of our oldest oak. It destroys the roof tiles on the house. It was already 100 years or so old when the Thirty Years War started. Makes me feel like a Mayfly.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 9:43AM
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sara_the_brit_z6_ct

Superstorm Sandy felled a 400 year old oak in my step-daughter's small town - it's a local landmark, was truly lovely. The whole town is mourning it's loss.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 4:58PM
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west_gardener

Oh my gosh, a 400 year tree being "felled" is a source of sadness.

    Bookmark   November 17, 2012 at 8:12PM
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mrobbins(6b - Brooklyn)

In Ukrainian culture, a tree dying is a Very Bad Omen. It means a person nearby will die suddenly.

I've always been impressed with big old oaks. Eastern White Pines, too.

What a terrible thing that climate change is making trees into threats.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 11:56AM
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