Wednesday, December 31, 2008
An Ancient Broken Giant:
When Bobby took me across the branch to see the new calves, I also saw this remnant of a giant tulip poplar, contemporary of the enormous oak on Dutton Hill, cut down in the 80s, and believed to be 400+ years old. This is the only "old growth" tree left for many miles in any direction. Bob Vaught, a family friend who used to come and help us strip tobacco, told me that he was in the timber crew that cut down a forest of giant trees that stretched for over a mile, from the oak on Dutton Hill to Holtzclaw knob on the northern horizon. This tree would have been in that woods, and may have been spared for already having a hollow in it.
The white barrel holds a salt block for the cattle.