I was sitting there working on photos and day dreaming about that tree where I see the birds, what I would do if that branch ever broke and all the sudden a major branch broke and came down on my flatbottom boat I have sitting out there. It is about 15-18″ diameter branch and it broke about 30 feet up, and is still attached so it will be hard to cut down myself. I don’t want to climb the tree with my bad back. I think I will cut around the boat and try to get it out of the way and then hook a chain around it and see if I can get it to break off the rest of the way so I can cut it up.
A few months ago I was out working in the yard and a good sized branch broke off and hit me on the head. But it was windy that day, and there is no wind out there at all. It doesn’t look damaged at all from dead branches or lightning burns. I think the heat put stress on it, otherwise I can’t see any reason for it to fall. That’s a soft maple tree, about 60 years old I think. I’m glad it didn’t fall on my new roof. That side has a dead stump and it should be the weakest side.
UPDATE: I was able to use the truck and a tow rope to twist it around in different directions and I got it to fall. Its all cut up and boat is back in place under the tree. The branch did have a dark spot so it was cracked previously.