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And so it was time to take down the old basswood tree in our backyard.  It was ugly and twisted and maybe rotten in the middle.  It was also, at 95 feet, the tallest tree in our yard.

I called 1-800-CUT TREE and they came out to oblige on Thursday, July 17th.

A European hydraulic lift arrived also.

First he cut all the lower branches — some of them like pretty good size trees themselves — and let them fall to the ground.

As you can see, the tree is getting “thinner” as the hydraulic lift moves up.

The lift only reached 75 feet and the long-bladed chainsaw reached another ten feet.

In other words, the tree was ten feet too high, and it put the operator in a precarious position.

So he came down for a while to think about the situation and get a drink of cold water.

He cooled off, made the decision, and climbed back onto Big Blue.

I love our yard and my flowers.

He reached as high as he could and made a cut in the second best place.

He was successful.

Then he began to cut up the rest of the tree.

Each log fell with a thud to the ground.

It took most of the day to do the job and I was running in and out between working on the Gazette.

Big Blue was like a mechanical creature from outer space as it crawled around our yard.

He was positioning himself to take out that smallest maple that was growing into the larger maple.

Then it was time to pick up the pieces of the basswood to be hauled away.

As you can see, most of the basswood was still standing.

This is how the rest of the basswood came down — with a rope doing some directional pulling and a chainsaw at the base.  Actually, it fell rather gracefully.

Big Blue was folded up and ready to go home.