Valley Oak that lost a large branch 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca.

This large valley oak lost a large branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015, Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. We heard what sounded like gunshots, off and on for a couple of minutes, followed by what sounded like fireworks going off, before it became clear it was tree falling. There was no loud crash, however. Investigating the next morning, we found that a large branch of one of the giant valley oak trees had fallen, breaking a limb off an adjacent live oak, before ultimately landing in the crotch of the live oak, causing a big rift in its trunk. Click on an image to enlarge it.

 

Valley Oak lost a large lateral branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca.
Valley Oak lost a large lateral branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca.
A large branch from a giant Valley Oak tree broke off about 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015, in Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. It landed in an adjacent live oak tree, causing a big rip in the live oak.
A large branch from a giant Valley Oak tree broke off about 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015, in Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. It landed in an adjacent live oak tree, causing a big rip in the live oak.
In a dominoes fashion, the large lateral valley oak branch appears to have first landed on a branch of a live oak, which held it for a moment, then the supporting branch broke and the valley oak lateral crashed in the center of the live oak. Break occurred 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca.
In a dominoes fashion, the large lateral valley oak branch appears to have first landed on a branch of a live oak, which held it for a moment, then the supporting branch broke and the valley oak lateral crashed in the center of the live oak. Break occurred 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca.
Close-up of split in interior live oak tree caused when the giant valley oak branch landed in it.
Close-up of split in interior live oak tree caused when the giant valley oak branch landed in it.
Close-up of the split live oak caused by the falling Valley Oak branch. branch fell at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca.
Close-up of the split live oak caused by the falling Valley Oak branch. branch fell at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca.
Valley Oak lost a large lateral branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. The huge branch got caught in an adjacent live oak, causing the live oak to split.
Valley Oak lost a large lateral branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. The huge branch got caught in an adjacent live oak, causing the live oak to split.
Valley Oak lost a large lateral branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. The branch got caught in an adjacent live oak.
Valley Oak lost a large lateral branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. The branch got caught in an adjacent live oak.
Valley Oak lost a large lateral branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. Close up of remaining stub.. The branch got caught in the crotch of an adjacent interior live oak.
Valley Oak lost a large lateral branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. Close up of remaining stub.. The branch got caught in the crotch of an adjacent interior live oak.
Valley Oak lost a large lateral branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. Close up of remaining stub.
Valley Oak lost a large lateral branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. Close up of remaining stub.
Valley Oak lost a large lateral branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. Close up of remaining stub.
Valley Oak lost a large lateral branch at 10:45 pm, 25 June 2015. Gold Springs, Columbia Ca. Close up of remaining stub.

 

 

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