Saturday, December 16, 2017

On Strike

A birch tree near Flagstone Bog had been looking haggard for a year or so and did not leaf out last spring. I cut it down a couple of weeks ago, for firewood, and discovered a lightning strike had been responsible for the tree's demise, as illustrated by unusual mottling in the trunk. Normally, distinct rings would be visible.


  1. Normally attracted to your trunk Craig, but this was really interesting....thanks for sharing.

    1. There was a damaged area a fair way up the tree, which I thought was probably a gall. When I had a look at the tree on the ground, I found it was a gaping, charred bowl in the trunk.