Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Black walnut tree in Wilson Park among the few trees in that park without visible damage from the January 2009 ice storm

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of giant black walnut tree near the soutwest end of Wilson Park on March 4, 2009. Two youngsters were walking a dog past the tree in the photo. Compare to older photo below plus another March 4 photo.

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of snow-covered walnut tree in Wilson Park in 1994. The lady with the dogs was a photographer for the Northwest Arkansas Times and a graduate student in the University of Arkansas' graduate school. The chocolate Labrador retriever at left was Bounty Grant's Aubunique (Egg) and the black Lab at right was Aubunique Beowulf of the Fen. Both are deceased. The two dogs got two long walks in Wilson Park daily year round. Neither snow nor sleet nor dark of night kept them from their walks. The same mighty walnut tree was standing strong and tall on March 1, 2009. Please see photo below.

Please click on image to ENLARGE view of giant walnut tree in Wilson Park on March 4, 2009. This tree survived the ice storm with no apparent damage. Its longest limb stretches 54 feet south of the trunk! Several others are almost as long. The old-timers who planted black black walnut trees in Fayetteville planted for the future!


Anonymous said...

That tree is incredible. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

So you are the old guy I saw in the park taking pictures this afternoon.
I had never noticed that tree until you pointed it out. I'll never walk that trail again without paying attention to what is around me. Impressive sight I had never noticed before!

Anonymous said...

Interesting question is whether some people who cut down black walnut trees in recent years are sorry now. Not because the walnut would be the only shade in the yard next summer but because walnuts can still be sold locally and any dollar a person can make from produce in his own yard is important during a depression.