Earlier this week a large tree limb fell and killed a man working in front of the US Capitol building in DC. Now Capitol arborists are inspecting 1000's of trees to see if any others pose any danger. This is something we've become aware of living as we do on a very tree filled campus. Over the years big oaks have fallen seemingly out of the blue. Limbs crash down during storms and after a rain or snow event.
A couple of weeks ago Dale was sitting in a lawn chair in the back of our yard. The next day it rained and then got very windy. Right where he'd been sitting several large limbs fell from one of the oaks and one limb wedged into the ground so deeply it needed a couple of strong guys to get it pulled out.
These things happen occasionally or often depending on the weather. As beautiful as the tree canopy is, we have learned to be watchful after seeing so many of them, or parts of them hit the ground.
Here is a picture I took of one limb which hit the ground on campus a couple of years ago. When people question why some trees are being removed when they look so beautiful, here is one answer. What you can't see from the exterior show up when parts fall-hollow rot.
So those arborists in DC have a big job ahead.