To get more light on the plot at our lake house I have wanted to take down this spruce for a long time. I have tried to persuade the rest of the family for years and finally I won. Fortunately the wind was right and the family was gathered to do the work. My H who has been a logger when he was younger used the chainsaw to shed it.
It's always a little exciting to shed a big tree close to houses. But this one landed exactly where he wanted. There were some rot in it but I guess it could have made it for many years.
Both my teenagers are about to learn loading timber with the tractor and believe it or not but before they were born I also handled this.
The discovery of this lichen on the branches made me very happy, not just because i like lichens. No, this one that we call beard lichen only grows when the air is clean enough.