Thursday, August 6, 2009

Really Big Tree

I can't even begin to imagine what the world was like when this old growth Douglas Fir sprouted along the banks of the Willamette River. The picnic table gives some perspective as to the size of this giant. If this table was set against the tree, the tree would be bigger.

Most of the old growth timber in this area was logged out in the 1920's and 1930's - to fuel Portland's booming growth; and to make way for farms and fields.

I am glad some of these trees were saved early on - for future generations to ponder.


  1. I'm glad they were saved too! What stories they could tell us!

  2. I've often wondered about the stories these giants could tell. If only they could talk, eh? Great pic, Sissy!

  3. Thankfully there are people always fighting and protecting our trees for future generations.

    You had asked if I lost peaches due to jar breakage. Yes, two pints. There's nothing I could have done to prevent it, as the bottoms cracked out as soon as I placed them in the water bath. I honestly don't think that canning jars are as strong as they used to be. I understand the occasional old jar breaking, but a brand new box? Irritating.

    The peach farms just opened here last week, so you can probably still get some if you want them. I got early Red Havens, which seem kind of late to me. lol

    As for pears, come on over. lol Our tree is absolutely loaded this year and we can't possibly use them all. I don't need to can any, but will do a few jars anyway, make some pear butter, and give some pears to my inlaws to can.