Conditions seem to have been just right for ‘widowmakers’ around here lately.
This big old Apple Box on the golf course was the first to drop a huge limb from up high.
Then, a little later on the same day, a youngish Red Gum at the neighbour’s place across the road was next.
Firewood all round, and no doubt in due course various birds or possums will utilise the hollows that inevitably form at the fracture point.
As seems to be usual, the weather was fine, warm and calm. We were at the end of a dry spell – perhaps you could say an 8-year dry spell really. Various theories abound. The most plausible is that the tree is under stress and sheds a limb to conserve water.
The term ‘widowmaker’ is given as a result of the number of early pioneering settlers that were killed when inexplicably huge limbs dropped on them as they cleared their land.