Once my tough, strong lumberjack had cut the trunk off at the bottom, it was so heavy we couldn't get it to tip over. It just stood there, completely cut through. He had to actually saw it vertically from the top down to the bottom to split it enough to get it to tip over. Once it was split in half and laying horizontally, Cliff could actually stand inside it horizontally too!
These were the "little" branches.
This (below) was honestly the most help Drake was through this whole process. I'm quite serious too - in this photo at least he wasn't hauling off entire trees just after I'd gotten them to the brush pile. Talk about undoing a day's work in a single minute! This guy knows how to pick em. He takes the one branch from the bottom of the brush pile that's going to send the whole thing toppling over. and over. and over. Thankfully we kept a pretty close eye on him and when he gets a stick (tree) he really likes, he sits and chews on it for a while!
Since I sadly lost my big old majestic Maple
tree stump, I have to resign to the fact that this tree below is my only old beauty left. She's old and fading fast, but so amazing. I LOVE this old tree and I just imagine all it has seen. All that has passed under her canopy, all the kids who climbed up to build forts in her branches. This tree is right at the end of our driveway, and would have been right near the old house that was here. I saw this tree in an old photo of the farm that used to be here. I'll be so sad when she goes too, but we've got lots of young new trees planted and maybe some day our great-grandkids will look at those trees when they're old and fading and wonder what stories they hold, who planted them, and who climbed in their branches!
Our world is an ever changing landscape. Just last week the front edge of our yard was so thick with brush (above) you could barely see through it and today it's a clean, clear space with a few tall elms and a few Honeysuckle bushes that we spared. We're already talking about what we WANT growing there and imagining what it will look like in another 10 years.