Sunday, November 1, 2009

600 years older than any Vancouver Building

The 600 year old douglas fir snag pictured at the top of my blog is older than any building in Clark County, WA. I love antiques but this beats any I know of. It takes three people or more to stretch their arms around this tree. This tree has survived 2 major forest fires in the Yacolt burn, the Columbus Day Storm, the stock market crash of 1929, the current economic crash .. so far. My friend Virgil Wallace(who has passed on) was a logger who wrote some wonderful books available at the Vancouver and Battle Ground Public Libraries, North Clark Historic Museum, and Poteets Nursery in Amboy, WA. A fellow nature lover we spent many hours hiking together and shared dinner under this ancient snag. My logger friend would not cut down a snag like this he considered it full of life and value as I do. It is pictured sideways but is much taller and more dramatic in person. Early summer of 2009 a bald eagle circled it. I have pictures of this but my photography is not the best. Everything from Piliated(Woody woodpecker type) hummingbirds, chipmunks, etc. exsist in this tree. At Clark College Wednesday night the BPA Environmental person told me it is dead and if the power lines go thru my place as proposed it will be cut down. How long have you stood on this earth? What do you think about this tree????


Florence said...

I know as ours begin to crumble and fall in the wind storm, there is a loss. I too have heard the woodpeckers in our eating away at the bugs that seem to inhabit them. There is so much history there. Hugs Florence

Fete et Fleur said...

Beautiful tree. If only they could talk and tell of the things they've seen.