“Timberrrrr”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
The last few days we have had a short, summer shower every day. Because they only last under ten minuets, they have been dropping only about .10 inches of rain, just enough to dampen everything and raise the humidity. Late Friday afternoon, one of these small showers came through our area, but this one was a little different. It was accompanied by a short period of very high winds and what seemed like a microburst. We marveled at the swaying trees, and were annoyed with the plants that were pushed over and the tomatoes that were knocked off the bushes.
It wasn’t until Saturday morning that I noticed “something” in the back corner. That’s right, a big pine tree limb was laying on top of my hibiscus plants that I have in containers. This dead limb was huge! It must be at least eighteen feet long and about nine inches in diameter. All of this sitting on top of my precious hibiscus, hostas, and holly ferns after crashing through the magnolia tree.
Because this was a dead limb, it wasn’t too difficult for me to pull it off the plants. There has been some damage especially to my hibiscus, but with some pruning, I think they will be okay. The limb was stopped by the containers, so the holly ferns and hostas weren’t too badly crushed as I had feared at first. But what was so surprising was where the limb came from.
This tree is in a neighbor’s yard. You can see where the limb broke off. It is at least sixty feet up, and the tree is about fifty yards away from where the limb landed. That was some microburst!