The old tree had been leaning out over the lake for years. The lake-side where it grew thickly had not been very well trimmed because nobody went and put a ladder in the water.
With the weight unbalanced the tree leaned, and to contain its leaning a cable between the nearby Birches supported it – and the tree had grown and begun to swallow the cable.
The new Tree-Guy said that the cable threatened the tree and advised its removal, and on a bright sunny day when the rain had paused it was removed.
The next day the rain rain resumed and continued through the night and the sodden ground had little hold on the shallow roots that never penetrated deeply as they were blocked by previous even older tree-roots – and the willow gave way.
In the morning the sun reflected brightly off the neighboring building in through the windows – we had lost our leafy screen.
It’s practically an allegory for the current economic climate and Obamacare.
Some guys from the Tree-Guy Company came and cut up the fallen tree and removed it.
I went and fished out a number of floating branches – they make aspirin out of willow bark and I wondered what that might do to the Ph in the pond. Ponds like this have as many regulations as a swimming pool – more actually – and we have a pond-guy who keeps the filter clean and the microbes balanced. There are no pollywogs or fishes in this lake, but some ducks are attracted to it – and so are raccoons.