Sunday, January 01, 2006

Topless Pictures


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Probably no ancient cypress tree in Florida has it's top. When you combine the most intense lightning zone on earth with centuries of hurricanes, you get topped out trees.
Who knows how long the Goethe Giant has been topless? Probably for centuries at least.
Being topped out and partially hollow is probably what saved it from early loggers as they scouted these forests for quality saw logs. Posted by Picasa

3 comments:

pablo said...

Any knees?

vicki said...

Pablo :-)
FC- These are amazing photos- Happy Birthday to the Tree! How does is get enough nourishment to keep going and going? I know in Michigan, if a tree gets topped by weather it often dies and we have constant debates over whether to spray for this or that defoliating pest. Generally, trees withstand a certain amount of defoliation for, say, the two or three years cycle of tent worm, and come back fine- but does this tree leaf out enough? Cypress must be heavy with water and take a lot of nourishment through roots?

Anyway- great tree and good link to Laura's post- thanks! And Happy New Year to you and yours.

Floridacracker said...

Pablo,
Yes,...I have two. What an odd question. :)

Vicki,
I agree, it seems like too much tree for the branches above, but it just keeps going. Happy new year!