Wednesday, July 22, 2009

DOESN'T LOOK A DAY OVER 100

My wife and I were playing golf yesterday. On the way to the next tee, I saw this magnificent tree in bloom. Neither of us knew what it was. As we approached the tee, there was a small plaque stating this was an Historic Chestnut Tree. It seems most of the Chestnut Trees in the United States were killed by a devastating blight that was transported from Europe at the turn of the last century. This tree is one of the few remaining American Chestnut Trees in the U.S. It is estimated to be 130 years old. Who ever thought golf could be so enlightening. 

17 comments:

  1. Wonderful tree, a true survivor: I have just read that this blight wiped out four billions trees.

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  2. Those Europeans, wiping out our chestnuts while theirs are flourishing. I was amazed at how many there were in Europe which make the few we have left so very special.

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  3. I thought the chestnut trees were killed by errant golf balls!

    Nice shot, B Squared...that darn thing is almost as old as I am...

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  4. What a beauty!! We learn something new everyday no matter where we are.
    I love trees. When progress moved us off our little farm and housing moved in we had a English Walnut Tree that was estimated 75 yrs old. I put a sign by it stating so hoping it would be spared---but to no avail. Sorta sad. MB

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  5. Thank you for sharing the Chestnut Tree with us. They are indeed a rare and wondrous site for us in the US.

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  6. And they say we learn something new everyday! Niiice post

    Have a wonderful week!

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  7. Glad to hear you got some holes in. I often find some of my best inspiration on the course - unfortunately, my husband doesn't like to be slowed down with my picture-taking.

    Glad you caught this chestnut though. It is a beautiful specimen and doesn't look too bad for its age!

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  8. Bonjour dear friend!
    What a fabulous tree! Great picture and so nice to know that you and your wife can share these precious moment!
    Many thanks for your always kind visit and comments and for the video link! Enjoyed it!
    Greetings from Luxembourg
    Léia

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  9. It's awesome! Glad it survived.

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  10. There is a movement to restore Chestnut trees going on in Ohio. They even have an organization. I wonder if they know about your tree!!!!

    By the way, I always enjoy your comments on our blog!

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  11. How old! Amazing to think of the changes it the world that have happened in this tree's lifetime.

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  12. I am so glad that you photographed this tree with the commentary because recently I have mentioned more than once that I wondered what happened to all the chestnut trees. I enjoyed them very much as a child and spent many happy hours playing under them. I wonder if they could ever come back?

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  13. As a tree fanatic I obviously like this.

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  14. It's lovely! I don't know if I've ever seen a chestnut tree before.

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  15. It is a stately-looking tree. Is the little fence there to protect the tree from wayward golfcarts?

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  16. And who would think a fence could protect it from a golf ball? Oh! I suppose it's the golf carts that cause the problems. ;-)

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