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In Flash of Fire, Florida Loses Old Friend


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#1    ohio state buckeyes

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 04:00 AM

www.nytimes.com said:

LONGWOOD, Fla. Back, way back, before King Tut was born and Alexander the Great roamed his empire, the Senator sprouted in a swamp here in central Florida, one of thousands of its kind.

So on Monday, when word got out that the huge, 3,500-year-old bald cypress had burned and collapsed, people from the area who thought that nothing not hurricanes, not loggers, not disease could fell the Senator, sank into disbelief.In a state known for its sprawl and its zeal for pouring concrete, the Senator stood as a testament to nature and ancient history.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 04:29 AM

Shame :(


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 04:58 AM

i'll have to see if i can find my pictures of it when we went last year. it's right out my back door so i'm curious to see what's left...

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 05:27 AM

I bow my head in sorrow,Not something to be taken lightly.It will be missed. :cry:


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 06:21 AM

Sad thing.  :cry:


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Posted 22 January 2012 - 06:32 AM

That is really sad.

I hate to say this and it sounds kind of morbid, but I wonder if they are going to do anything with the tree? I would hate to see it rot. A person could make some incredible things out of 3500 year old wood, and it would have an amazing story behind it. I think it would be amazing to carve and create some amazing things for people to be able to remember the tree by...keepsake boxes, carved jewelry.

Maybe it is best to just leave it there...idk.

Too many people on both sides of the spectrum have fallen into this mentality that a full one half of the country are the enemy for having different beliefs...in a country based on freedom of expression. It is this infighting that allows the focus to be taken away from "we the people" being able to watch, and have control over government corruption and ineptitude that is running rampant in our leadership.

People should be working towards fixing problems, not creating them.

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Posted 22 January 2012 - 12:10 PM

such is life. they should chop it up into mulch and then plant a sapling of the same species in its place. its death shall feed new life.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 01:12 PM

You'd wonder how many living beings and rare species living inside that "yggdrasil"


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Posted 23 January 2012 - 02:27 PM

This is sad, and I hope the cause is found to be natural, rather than arson.

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"Investigators for the Division of Forestry are still trying to figure out how the tree burned down early Monday morning. Arson remains a possibility, although it had been initially discounted. Two other possible theories are being considered: the tree was struck by lightning long before Monday (maybe as long as two weeks) and slowly smoldered from the inside, or friction from the wind caused it to combust."
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Posted 23 January 2012 - 06:58 PM

Ouch.


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Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:07 PM

If only trees could talk...


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Posted 23 January 2012 - 07:15 PM

View PostJ. K., on 23 January 2012 - 07:07 PM, said:

If only trees could talk...
"Someone dial 911...is there a fire extinguisher around here?"

Too many people on both sides of the spectrum have fallen into this mentality that a full one half of the country are the enemy for having different beliefs...in a country based on freedom of expression. It is this infighting that allows the focus to be taken away from "we the people" being able to watch, and have control over government corruption and ineptitude that is running rampant in our leadership.

People should be working towards fixing problems, not creating them.

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Posted 23 January 2012 - 08:29 PM

From what I read the tree was hollow and the fire went up the inside and was basically uncontrollable. There was not much left.


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Posted 23 January 2012 - 09:27 PM

What a shame  :(

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 06:06 AM

The Aliens did it!

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