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Old Oct 9, 2006, 7:54 PM   #1
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The Cedar of Lebanbon has been considered a sacred tree at least as far back as the Epic of Gilgamesh, 7000 years ago. Emmanuel Church in NE Philly has a magnificent 70' tall, 150 year-old specimen planted from a seedling brought back from the mid-East in 1858. It recently sustained stress fracture to a major limb and neededemergency attention. Full series at http://www.ishots.net/cedar/

Here it is a month ago. Infrared shot with the fx01 and hoya r72. The other shots are with the fz5.



Damaged limb resting on the parish hall roof.









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Old Oct 9, 2006, 8:15 PM   #2
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Fred, very nice photos of a magnificent tree. Did they have to remove the damaged limb as well as another that it looked like they were cutting?

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Old Oct 9, 2006, 8:23 PM   #3
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Fred, That looks like unusual damage! Was it caused by lightning? Good shots. Jim
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nice photos...luv the infrared. Just received my Hoya filter and learning how to have some fun too!!!
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Old Oct 9, 2006, 8:43 PM   #5
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Nice series and a great choice for a subject.

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The youngfellow working on the tree said it was probably caused by the weight and torgueof the larger of the two very large branches coming off the damaged limb. This stress had been accumulating for years and finally split the limb along its axis. No lightning damage apparent. No real severe wind in the last month and the cedar is well protected between the church and the hall. The weight and the way it was distributed just became too much. In its normal forest habitat, the limbs would not have had this musch room to grow out from the trunk.If the limb was not soon removed, there was a good chance it would seperate to the point of tearing the bark away from the main trunk which could have been fatal to the tree. Here is a shot from the other side showing the wider gap in the split caused by the weight of the largerbranch twisting the damged limb from the top.


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Nice interesting shots....Don't think I'll take up tree lopping

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It's such a shame when a tree is damaged like that. Nice shots of the repair work. Are they going to have to bolt the seperated branch back together or will it repair itself when the weight is removed?

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Are they going to have to bolt the seperated branch back together or will it repair itself when the weight is removed?
Don - The repair work resulted in removal of the damaged limb. There was no way they could save it. Another large extendedlimb was cabled to the trunk with eyebolts to reduce the chance of similar damage there in the future. It's a shame the same was not done for this branch a few years ago when we hadthe cedarlooked at for just this sort of damge. See http://www.ishots.net/cedar/for the full series of shots showing the removal of the limb.

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fred nice shots of the limb removal. Your gallery is also very nice along with the captions.

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