Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Lucky bridge

Yes, trees have a way of falling and whatever is under them get destroyed, in most cases. Certainly an exception was my footbridge, which spans an old creek bed just down the trail from the reception center. In the attached image you can see the paricá tree (Schizolobium parahyba) that broke off at about 5 meters up its trunk and then fell on a pau multo tree (Calycophyllum spruceanum), which also broke off at about the same height. The impact of hitting the pau mulato slowed the falling of the paricá to the extent it got caught up in the fork of another tree on the other side of the bridge. As you can see, it came to rest over the bridge with less than a meter of free space. Next image, please.

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