Heat arresting development. Treed
Not good to leave old ones out in the sun. (UPDATE at end of post – Tues.)
Dehydration. Just get parched.
Now they have to be tough to live over 100 years, but still.
They get very confused.
Baffled. Jerked outa place, then left sittin’
Is this a hostage situation?
Puzzlin’ over the possible ransom note.
Is there anyone left to care?
And where would such a demand be sent?
The Ghirardi family has been gone a long time.
And what’s this a-wrappin around down here? Odd.
Wearing a wooden shoe and not even Dutch.
A clunky thing – fits like a snug boot.
Maybe it’s one of those parking boots for cars? From being parked in one place too long?
Oh dear. What was the time limit for that spot?
Seems like an eternity went past sittin’ there.
But now, here, is just a puzzlement.
But there’s people stoppin’ by and talkin’ friendly – like they’re checking.
Weighty issues must be involved.
Guess it’s just wait and see.
Patience is a lovely thing – just like an old tree.
A tree like the Ghirardi Compton Oak.
The tree was pulled from the ground after 9 pm Thursday night just before a big rain storm.
Word was the company was going to attempt to move it Saturday.
A bulldozer and 2 other heavy equipment machines were moved into place. Heavy chains were secured.
The big equipment has disengaged and moved.
Probably for a couple of reasons.
The tree turned out to be much heavier than expected (outweighed the biggest crane first brought in).
Now it’s even heavier after some rain.
Also there’s the dirt.
Not familiar with the black gumbo soil here?
Think a mix of molasses and clay.
After a rain, it will pull the shoes right off your feet.
In drought, it dries hard as rock and cracks. Don’t even try putting in a fence post.
So the 1500 feet the heavy tree must travel is sticky sludge.
The contractor was nervous on Friday. So many people watching – and it wasn’t going well.
The League City Ghirardi Compton Oak Update page is
down now being updated.
Saturday it said the tree would move Monday. Then last night it said they weren’t sure when the move would take place.
Ghirardi Oak Tree Cam is still functioning (click here). The tree itself is the tall one in the top right quadrant of the frame.
You can see all the cars, bikes, and people checking on the tree.
People here have a history for watching out for trees.
Oaks were planted near the railroad station around 1900 so there would be a bit of shade to escape the heat of the grassy coastal prairie. Those mature trees are now a city park.
Cattle were penned close by the rails before moving on to the port of Galveston to shipped by boat – many to Cuba. Anyone interested in Longhorns or cattle knows George W. Butler whose family arrive in 1873 and built the Butler Ranch.
By the 1890′s lots were sold to farmers (30 Italian families created vegetable farms) and the town grew rapidly. So did the trees.
A long line of mature oaks stand across from City Hall and the library.
In 1994, another stand of old oaks were about to be sold for a strip center development. Walter Gardner Hall bought the property and created a garden in honor of his wife, Helen, who was born in League City in 1907. Mr. Gardner said he remember walking under the shade of those trees everyday on his way to and from work. He couldn’t bear to see them cut down. He donated Helen’s Garden to the city. It’s a favorite spot for weddings and photos – or to just a cool spot to hang out under the trees listening to the waterfall and fountains.
League City residents have tried to preserve the little town’s history and buildings.
The fight to save this one old tree is part of that.
I know it’s a lot to ask, but please Tinker Bell,
A little of that Pixie Dust to help this tree lighten the load and safely land in sanctuary?
It would mean so much.
We’ll all shout “Fly tree, fly” on your cue.
Tues. the League City website says needed equipment is supposed to arrive Tues. afternoon or Wed.
They promise to update information about planned move.
Monday they were able to dig the hole.
In an interview, the contractor said the plan is to slowly push and drag the 540 ton Ghirardi Compton oak tree across the field down a dirt ramp into the hole with equipment going out on a ramp on the other side of the hole. It will be very slow going slower than the shuttle’s move and should take at least 5 hours. Once the move starts, they don’t want to keep it moving and not stop. They may try putting water on the ground/grass to help the tree slide.
Meanwhile, the tree is being given water, and liquid food. There is some new growth/leaves appearing.
Hang in there tree!
Waiting for go, you know
Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.
Related post about the Ghirardi Compton Oak: “Bored? Sappy Story. It’s Moving.”
Read more about oak trees:
The First People. Sioux Legend. “The man and the oak” (Found in 1901 NY Times also)
Greek, Roman, Celtic, Welsh, Britain and others revered oak trees from early times. (legends)
Trees for Houston blog: a non-profit dedicated to planting, protecting and promoting trees.