Saturday, October 4, 2008
We were only supposed to receive some much needed rain from the remnants of Hurricane Ike, but the hurricane was re-energized when it met a cold front right over our region. We did not receive any rain but the winds were near 70 mph. Unfortunately, we lost a nice Sycamore (Platanus occidentalis) that I planted about 12 years ago. The tree was ~50 feet tall and around 14 inches in diameter at the base. The tree snapped almost exactly in half. It was under this tree that we regularly ate our family meals, weather permitting. Now it will serve to provide heat for our home.