The Old Tree Haiku.

Our Old Basswood Tree

Our Old Tree Will It Fall
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Spring has come again

The wind blowing will you fall

Still you sadly stand

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The Old Tree.

The old tree started dying because the men who use to live in this house used it for a target and shot it full of lead the lead is killing it. A few years ago the old basswood tree was hit by lighting and the whole side was blown out. The wood ducks were gone, but it may have killed a few squirrels. We thought it was a bomb. It shook our whole house. We walked out to the road to see what had happened and all we could see was a storm way off in the distance. It took a few days before we realized it was the tree had been hit. The tree is still standing, but I don't know for how long.

It's really too bad the birds and animals love the old tree.

It is about 70 ft. tall.

Basswoods are also called American Linden. They grow well to zone 2 so they're good growers up north. Old hollow trees like ours make a great place for wildlife.

Basswoods are used for carving but also for furniture, veneer, drawing boards and tongue depressors.

Honey from the linden flower is the best there is.

The old tree has stood there all summer and looking worse every day. We think it may have been hit by lighting again.

We should have to cut it down, but we just have not got to it yet. We really hate to take it down.

The guys we've had out here to look at it are just not sure about getting it down. They're a little leery of it. It's not going to be easy to cut. They're worried over how many dead heads are in it. So much of the tree has died from the bottom. Like my husband said: "Deadheads" or "Widow Maker" are a woodman's worst enemy.

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The birds in the old tree.

.Here are pictures of some birds who loved our old tree. The wood ducks also nested in the tree. This was a surprise to us when we saw the wood ducks in the tree.

The pileated woodpeckers really love it. They can find lots of bugs in this tree. Every year it turns green. Poor old tee keeps standing there, now we can see right through it.

Our little nephews were playing around it one day and I made them move. They were hitting it with sticks. I told them if it let lose some of its parts, it would fall on them. I heard my nephew say, "It’s just a dead old tree." He's too little to realize how much life that old tree gives to baby squirrels, birds and other animals

Don't often see Cardinal's around here but one there was one on the branches of the old tree.

Cardinal

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Purple Finch

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The Old Tree in 2011

This is our old tree in the yard for 2011. If you look at one of the pictures closely you'll see a little animal has made his home in the tree.

You can see it's falling apart more and more every day. It's not close enough to the house to hit it if it does fall. It should fall the other way into the meadow.

Even this year it was green and full of leaves nothing on it looked dead. Still it stands through wind blowing, rain and snow.

I started this hub I think about 3 years ago and it's one of the hubs I was thinking of taking down than I thought of a haiku for this tree now I'm going to leave it up.

The Old Tree

Spring of 2012

This Spring I told my husband it looked like the old tree wasn't going to get any leaves. All the other trees nearby had leafed out. Then finally the old tree leafed out too. It's still standing and the animals still love it. We were hit again by lighting yesterday but this time it didn't hit the tree it hit something which caused one of our Directv receivers to go out.

I will keep this hub updated for the old tree.

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2013

I think the hole in the tree is getting bigger.


Still you linger on

Time passes on Spring comes again

Is it your last year

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moonlake 2 years ago from America Author

Au fait, It's still standing. We had such high winds this year I thought for sure it would come down.


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Au fait 2 years ago from North Texas

It sounds to me like this tree is full of life. I'm pinning it to my 'Green' board and sharing it again with my followers!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

rajan jolly, Thank you for stopping by. The old tree is still standing. Thanks for the vote and shared.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

This big tree is holding on despite adversities not only surviving but still giving out so much to others. What a fantastic lesson it has provided of a useful life!

Voted up, useful and shared.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Au fait, The tree is still there. The hole in it has gotten bigger. The animals still love to use it. Thanks so much for stopping by.


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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

A lovely tribute to a tree that has served nature so well. A shame it has only a little time left -- or has it already been taken down? No doubt it provides both shelter and food (bugs have invaded because the tree was shattered) for the birds.

Voted up and beautiful! Will share!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America Author

Peggy W, We think the old tree has a bigger hole in it this year. Our son was here a few days ago and we were looking at it and thought it seem to look different. I will have to take an updated picture of it. Thanks so much for stopping by and for votes and sharing.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Who knows how old that tree may be and just how long it will last. Obviously it still has life in it and as long as it is no danger to your home (if it would fall) it is nice that it can still shelter the local birds and animals. It has quite a history with lightening, etc. Thanks for sharing the story of your old tree with us. You are obviously drawn to loving nature as I am. Enjoyed this! Up votes and sharing.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

precy anza, Thank you, for asking. The old tree is still standing and it has leaves and the animals are still using it. Thanks so much for stopping by and for the vote.

Because you ask, I put an update on my hub.


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precy anza 4 years ago from San Diego

How was the tree now Moonlake? Have you cut it down? Poor tree, struck by lighting and used as a target practice . :( But anyway, as one lyric on a song says, everything fades and dies, everything has their own time. Enjoyed reading this hub! Voted up!


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Pamela Kinnaird,

They nest in holes in trees but most of the time by lakes. We're close to the swamp but not a lake.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Voting up. I enjoyed reading about the feelings you have for this tree that gave shade and beauty for so many years -- and was a home to many birds. I didn't know that ducks nest in trees! I don't know where I thought they sleep at night, but I never pictured them in trees.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Senoritaa,

Thank you, for coming by my hub, glad you liked it.


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Senoritaa 4 years ago

Simply loved your Haiku tribute to the poor tree that still stands strong. The memories are reflected in your words.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

tillsontitan,

Thanks for visiting my hub. Glad you like the pictures. It is really to bad about the tree.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

What a stately tree. How tragic for it to be hit! Your pictures are lovely and the hub very interesting. Voted up and interesting.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Hi sweetie1,

I have a cheap little kodak camera and I can stand on my deck and zoom in and get the picture. It's hard to take pictures of cardinals. They never stay here long and they seem to be nervious and jump around.

If you look on my bird hubs you will see more pictures of birds on the old tree.

Thanks so much for visiting my hub.


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sweetie1 4 years ago from India

Hi moonlake, very nicely written hub and i liked the pictures of the tree. It must have been difficult to take the pic of the bird on this tall tree.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

Fiddleman,

It had some damage when we moved here. My husband said the people before used it for target practice. It was also hit by lighting we think a couple times. That did cause the split.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


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moonlake 4 years ago from America Author

kittythedreamer,

It is a beautiful tree even in the condition it's in.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment.


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Fiddleman 4 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Love old trees. Did this old soldier have a lighting strike that caused the split.


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kittythedreamer 4 years ago from the Ether

Too bad, what a beautiful tree with such a wonderful character to it.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America Author

We're going to have to take down the old tree. It's a danger now.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thank you.


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trish1048 8 years ago

hi Moonlake,

From what I've seen so far in your hubs, you have a lovely place to be living. I think the picture is pretty good!

Trish


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Hi trish1048 Thanks for stopping by. I also love cardinals but it is very rare to get one here. The one in the picture was only here a short time. I had a terrible time getting his picture.


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trish1048 8 years ago

Hi Moonlake,

Cardinals are one of my favorite birds. I especially love to see them in the winter, contrasted against the snow.

Very nice pictures in another nice hub :)

Trish


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks for leaving a nice comment. Yes, we are in Wi. Never thought I would be a bird watcher but we enjoy it.


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Murray's mom 8 years ago from Arizona

I'm originally from WI, which is where I understand you are... Great pix of the birds, especially the lovely cardinal. I miss seeing colorful birds here in Arizona, where the only cardinals I have ever seen are the football team! :-) All the birds here seem to be black or brown.


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

It is amazing. We sure wish it hadn't happen. Thanks for stopping by.


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twogroce 8 years ago

It is so amazing lightening did that to the tree. I loved the pictures, Good job!


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moonlake 8 years ago from America Author

Thanks for signing my. We don't often get cardinals this far north that's why he was so rare for us. I had a hard time getting the blurry picture that I got.

Just_Rodney thinks for comments about my pictures. I may have got a few ticks trying to get the pictures.


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The Rat RaceRebel 8 years ago from Up-North, MI

Thank you for sharing. I love the picure of the purple finch. We get those here at our home in Northern Michigan too. Though I don't get many cardinals I used to get tons of them when I lived in central Virginia.

Wishing you all the best,ShellyB


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Just_Rodney 8 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

Great Hub, a lot of time and paience in gettinh those pictures. Good work. The graphic effect of the split is very vivid.

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