This is not a good thing.
I don't think this tree, at the northwest corner of the house, made it through the winter. There are some spots of green, but the bulk of it appears lifeless.
I am quite surprised, shocked actually. This tree was vibrant and alive last year, covered in green. To see it's bare limbs this year makes me very sad. It's at least 40 years old. I can't image what could have killed it so quickly. Now, it's not completely dead, but 90% of it is.
If it were located toward the back of the yard, I could possibly just leave it. But it's off the northwest corner of the house and, if we get a fierce storm this summer, the potential exists that it could come down. If it goes southwest, it will hit my house.
So, next week, I will have to call a bunch of tree services and get estimates for its removal. Dead trees provide a wonderful habitat for woodpeckers and nuthatches due to the insects they attract. But this is just in the wrong spot. I'm bracing for this to be a huge sum that I can't possibly afford and then I will worry that it will come down during a storm but without an estimate, I can't know that for sure.
While this tree never provided shade for the deck, it was beautiful to look at. I'm going to miss that.
Beverage: English Breakfast tea