If a tree falls in a forest, and no one is around, does it make a sound?  This philosophical question has been posed for years, perhaps as early as 1710.  The curious query came to mind with the events of this morning (Fri 8/12).  Bob and Laurie LaZebnik live in the house on Kentucky Point.  About 5:30 am Laurie says “I peered out the window and the view had changed.  I took a closer look, and a very old pin oak had tumbled in the lake.”  Did it make a sound?  “No, none it all.  It silently fell into the lake.”

This is what it looked like from the Eagle Point shoreline after its fall.

From Eagle Point looking west.

This photo was taken on May 19, 2022.

This photo from 2012 shows the tree was struggling then.

Clark Lakers definitely have tree stories to tell.  This one has been part of Kentucky Point’s well-known history.  Laurie believed the oak to be 200 years old.  That can be confirmed by counting the rings, although that task can be tedious.  Photos going back to the early days of the Graziani’s on Kentucky Point help to illustrate the history of this tree.

In this photo, you can see the steamer heading east. Smoke from its engine creates haze around the tree.

Here’s another view from onshore, looking west.

The photo below was taken by Ern Belcher, probably in the early 1970s, from the Eagle Point shoreline.

Still standing on October 5, 2010.

Fritz Wilger will tell you that it’s better that a tree falls into the lake than onto your house.  Click here to see why.

Trees can stand for generations and tend to become part of the fabric of our history. It’s sad to see them go, but one tree going ca also make room for existing trees to fill the gap or new ones to be planted.