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 Post subject: The Senator burned to the ground
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:06 am 
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If any of you have been to the central Florida area, you may have at least heard of this wonderful tree named "The Senator." This bald cypress was 3500 years old, making it the 5th oldest tree in the world. Sunday night the tree caught fire and burned to the ground before it could be put out. Initially, the responding firemen found piles of sticks and branches scattered around the base of the tree, and made the assumption that arson was the cause. Now, they are saying it may have been hit by lightning earlier in the week and somehow managed to smolder, undetected, for a week or so before going up in a blaze. Either way, a great loss for all.

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 Post subject: Re: The Senator burned to the ground
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:17 pm 
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this makes me sad, cause I have never been able to see it in person, and now I never will. :(

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 Post subject: Re: The Senator burned to the ground
PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:34 pm 
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How does a tree smolder for weeks without burning down and people not even smell it?

I suppose its as possible as kerosene melting steel and man being able to beat nature by producing GMOs to get around something that is only going to perpetuate even worse.

I'm getting sick of this perverse world.

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 Post subject: Re: The Senator burned to the ground
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I can't stand how society acts so much like a Virus... consume everything until there is nothing left.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 19, 2012 11:16 am 
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 Post subject: Re: The Senator burned to the ground
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The tree isnt in a very populated place, and a ways back in a park, and also oddly enough not a very popular tourist destination. I mean, with the mouse and everything else "the city beautiful" has to offer, who wants to drive to the middle of nowhere to see some dumb old tree.... It was a local landmark, and I was about half a mile from it a few days earlier....wish i would have swung by to pay my final respects. After all, it was a very special tree.

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 Post subject: Re: The Senator burned to the ground
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 Post subject: Re: The Senator burned to the ground
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MikeVanTso wrote:
The tree isnt in a very populated place, and a ways back in a park, and also oddly enough not a very popular tourist destination. I mean, with the mouse and everything else "the city beautiful" has to offer, who wants to drive to the middle of nowhere to see some dumb old tree.... It was a local landmark, and I was about half a mile from it a few days earlier....wish i would have swung by to pay my final respects. After all, it was a very special tree.


I would definitely have gone out of my way to see it during a visit there! Yea that sucks you didn't get one last look. :(

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 Post subject: Re: The Senator burned to the ground
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:39 am 
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FYI, http://gizmodo.com/5889581/meth-addict- ... ldest-tree.

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