Thursday, July 27, 2017

Remember The Big Sweetgum In Jerry Clower's Story?

It was probably bigger than this, but this gum is certainly a respectable challenge to climb!

"You couldn't reach around this tree." It's 32" diameter at breast height. See the basal area angle gauge hanging on the bark?  Here it is up close, so you can get an idea of the size.

"There wasn't a limb on it, for a while." Now, just imagine pulling off your brogan shoes, hanging your toenails in that bark and climbing up a tree like that. It's a good story, and I like listening to it once in a while. I ran across this big gum the other day and it instantly reminded me of John and the wildcat.


Merle Morrison said...

closest I ever got was when I was a kid hunting withe the neighbor and a coon climbed up on my shoulders to get away from the hounds - the old timer kept yelling "don't hurt him boy, we want him alive for training"

David aka True Blue Sam said...

That would give you nightmares! A bit too close for comfort!