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The senator is no more

Post  marcus watts on Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:44 pm

what a shame to read this today

the big tree burns

regards Marcus

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Post  Storm on Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:02 pm

Sad news indeed.
These things happen from time to time in nature.. But if it was arson, as they said it might be.. You've really sunk deep..

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Mon Jan 16, 2012 8:21 pm

Storm wrote:Sad news indeed.
These things happen from time to time in nature.. But if it was arson, as they said it might be.. You've really sunk deep..

We have not had any thunderstorms to produce lightning and that would probably be the only other way it would burn.

Local news says they found a fire had been started at the base. Last night was cold for us with lows in the 40's so I suspect someone was trying to keep warm. Not wanting to accuse before someone is caught but we have a homeless/drug addict /alcoholic problem that gets worse in the winter. (Why be homeless, etc. in New York where it is cold and there is snow, when you can be homeless, etc. in Florida where there is no snow and it isn't as cold as often.)

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Post  landerloos on Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:37 pm

sorry for the tree, but why the hell call a stunning old tree something soooooooooo booooooooooooring like senator, really ????

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:53 pm

landerloos wrote:sorry for the tree, but why the hell call a stunning old tree something soooooooooo booooooooooooring like senator, really ????

Peter

You know in the USA it was at one time thought to be a great honor to be a member of the Senate.
The Senate only has 100 members, a very exclusive club. Possible that this is the idea, very few trees this old.
This tree has been a roadside attraction for many years. Back before the Mouse, Harry and Interstates people drove down highways and stopped to look at things like this.

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Post  Rob Kempinski on Mon Jan 16, 2012 10:25 pm

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:
landerloos wrote:sorry for the tree, but why the hell call a stunning old tree something soooooooooo booooooooooooring like senator, really ????

Peter

You know in the USA it was at one time thought to be a great honor to be a member of the Senate.
The Senate only has 100 members, a very exclusive club. Possible that this is the idea, very few trees this old.
This tree has been a roadside attraction for many years. Back before the Mouse, Harry and Interstates people drove down highways and stopped to look at things like this.

As the article said

"The tree got its name from Sen. Moses Overstreet, who donated the land to Seminole County in 1927."


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Post  Russell Coker on Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:59 am

The Deep South used to be covered with Giants like this: Cypress, Chestnuts, Longleaf pine, etc. After the Civil War came the railroads and so did the clear-cutting. Few remained...

These pictures were taken in 2008.


















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Post  Max on Tue Jan 17, 2012 3:55 pm

This is realy sad! Has there been no chance to stop the fire? Maybe with a helicopter?

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:03 pm

One theory is that a lightening strike a few weeks ago started a smoldering fire that took a while to become visible and when it did the tree was too involved to stop. The tree had a lot of dead wood and burned from the inside out.

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Post  Russell Coker on Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:54 am

Billy M. Rhodes wrote:One theory is that a lightening strike a few weeks ago started a smoldering fire that took a while to become visible and when it did the tree was too involved to stop. The tree had a lot of dead wood and burned from the inside out.

So arson has been ruled out?

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:43 am

Arson has not been ruled out. The investigation continues, as they say.

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Post  MikeT307 on Wed Jan 18, 2012 6:52 pm

The first article linked is better because of the pictures with the article but here's another...ABCnews

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It gets worse

Post  Jim Doiron on Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:47 am

even more tragic:


Here

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Post  Billy M. Rhodes on Thu Mar 01, 2012 12:50 am

A woman has been arrested for the fire. According to the TV reports, she was sitting in the hollow the tree doing drugs and built a fire to stay warm. She has already bailed out of jail. She was in less than 24 hours.

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Post  Russell Coker on Thu Mar 01, 2012 1:36 am

Jim Doiron wrote:even more tragic:


Here


Glad to hear she's so remorseful... what a piece of human garbage.

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