Day 28

Not sure what to make of this

April 23rd, 2010



  1. Carolyn says:


  2. Jason Eppink says:

    This reminds me of an artwork I once saw, but I can’t for the life of me find any info online.

  3. Dad says:

    The tree is constipated. I read about this once in a book on Tree Surgery for Morons but couldn’t understand the narrative. The pictures, however, had really nice colors.

  4. Barbara Kiviat says:

    Somebody is trying to keep Boo Radley out.

  5. Mom says:

    Nice daffodils on the side.

  6. Becky says:

    Someone was afraid that the crack in the tree was so big that it was going to fall down…so they decided to reinforce!

  7. TOM F. says:

    Egyptian squirrels.

  8. Melissa says:

    can i get a copy of this picture?
    it’s awesome.
    i need it to sit in my room somewhere.

    • Jason Eppink says:

      Fascinating! Also: class politics!

      “In fact, in Europe having cavities filled in trees was sign of affluence. Only the very wealthy could afford such service for their trees.”

  9. Cousin Sherry says:

    So far this photo takes the “most comments” award.

  10. Jake says:

    i dare you to try and chop that tree down

  11. Pam says:

    My in-laws had a tree like this in front of their house. It did not keep the squirrels from getting in or eventually cutting the horrible thing down.

  12. Leora says:

    It is called “reinforcement”, a method to try save a valuable tree which was damaged by trunk rot, but is still alive and has reasonable chances of survival. Rot disease has destroyed the inner core of the tree, weakening it, but it did not kill the outer zone, where the sap flows. The cement blocks attempt to strenghen the trunk, helping the tree to withstand the winds in the area. The tree is alive, new bark layers keep forming each spring, as you can see by the rounded shapes at the edge of the cavity. With time, the new layers of bark will close the opening, and 15 -20 years from now the tree may look completely normal, with no outward signs of the surgery.

    • Lydia says:

      WOAH! If Leora is correct…”20 years from now the tree may look completely normal, with no outward signs of the surgery”…then imagine the reaction of the person years from now, trying to cut the tree down only to find his/her saw/blade doesn’t cut through brick!?

    • ken t says:

      Yea, but wait till someone tries to chop or chainsaw the thing down in fifty years…

    • El Grego says:

      I’ve never seen or heard anything about doing something like this. Leora, is something that is familiar to you? Any info you could provide would be an interesting read.

  13. raul says:

    that tree just finished eating a house!:)

  14. Paula says:

    Maybe it was an old house stood there and was semi tore down and the trees started growing and eventually there was nothing left of the house except where the trees had already grew around and so it was left like that? Cool pic tho

  15. tom says:

    Mr Gorbachev, tear down that tree!

  16. David says:

    @tom – OMG, that’s the second time today I heard that quote.

  17. Greg says:

    THIS IS A GREAT PIC! I THINK LEORA IS CORRECT BUT I WISH YOU TOOK A PIC OF THE OTHER SIDE TOO!! I wonder if that is an oak? that had the ‘sudden death disease”?

  18. E Fresh says:

    That’s one way to stop the emerald ash borer.

  19. WOW!!! Thats crazy! For the person who has everything in their life, build them a tree ^_^

  20. mary says:

    That poor tree!

  21. Earl says:

    It’s the Keebler elf house, you didn’t think that they just hollowed out a tree to live in without a proper foundation, did you?

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