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Old Apr 26, 2005, 9:26 PM   #1
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So what do you think? Is the fence there to keep the tree from running away to join in a local entmoot? Or is it so warm and fuzzy that a fence had to be built to keep the tree-huggers out? And, furthermore, why is it named after seafood?


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Old Apr 26, 2005, 9:42 PM   #2
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very interesting..

lol, not catching the seafood reference?

they had fences up at yosemite too...apparently people stepping on the roots will kill the tree..

nice image

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Old Apr 26, 2005, 10:10 PM   #3
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OK! I know the secret. It's call the Octopus Tree. It is on the Oregon Coast at Cape Meares near Tillamook. It used to be bigger but they have had to remove a couple of large limbs for safety reasons.

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Old Apr 27, 2005, 3:39 PM   #4
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Wow, that's one heck of a tree! Was someone watching and so you couldn't give in to the urge to climb the fence to give the old dude a friendly pat? You could have told them you were a National Geographic photographer or some sort of very serious botanist...anything to get in there.

What's the fish reference? I'm standing right alongside Vito in the dark.

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Old Apr 27, 2005, 3:43 PM   #5
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Barbara, read my post again. Look for the name of the tree...
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Old Apr 27, 2005, 3:52 PM   #6
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Barbara, read my post again. Look for the name of the tree...
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Old Apr 28, 2005, 3:41 AM   #7
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Barbara,

This tree has spiritual significance to the local Native People. For this reason and because it may harm the trees roots, I would not jump the fence, even for a short visit. Here is a little more info on this fineold tree. It is thought to be about 2000 years old.

http://www.capemeareslighthouse.org/...opus_tree.html

The seafood reference will come to you after you chew on it for a while:roll:

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Old Apr 28, 2005, 4:51 AM   #8
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Fascinating story about the burial trees. Espalier with a purpose beyond decoration.
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Bill, thank you for the link. I read every bit of it and ended up fascinated, not just by the tree itself, but also by the legend, which as the writer said, could well be based in solid truth.

Now that I know, I agree. It would be sinful to climb over that fence.

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