Meet Cottzilla

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Meet Cottzilla

Post by dbhguru » Wed Jan 05, 2011 4:36 pm

ENTS,

Today, Gary Beluzo, myself, and Hampshire College student Jessica went in search of tuliptrees. We drove down into Connecticut, and while we did find a mixed stand ner Avon, CT, nothing stood out as worth reporting on. However, on the east side of Avon, I spotted a big cottonwood growing near the edge of a stream. We went to check it out. It is huge! We named it Cottzilla after Godzilla. It measures 21.7 feet in girth and 104.5 feet in height. Its average crown spread exceeds 100. Because of the brush and the stream, I couldn't get a good measurement of the spread, but call it 100 feet. So, without further comment, say hello to Cottzilla.
Cottzilla2s.jpg
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Re: Meet Cottzilla

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:06 pm

Bob, You used trick photograpy again, come clean thats a midget in the photo!

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Post by dbhguru » Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:44 pm

Larry,

Nope, honest, no trick photography. It's the real deal. However, we should have had Jessica in the photo to have made the contrast even greater because Gary is a very large fellow. He is 6 feet 1 inch and close to 300 lbs. So, you can see why we named the tree Cottzilla. Here's one more look at the whopper cottonwood.
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Re: Meet Cottzilla

Post by James Parton » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:54 am

Bob,

All I can say is " WoW "!! or " Holey Moley "!!
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Post by Larry Tucei » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:01 am

Bob, Thats a biiiig Cottonwood! One of the trees that can rival Live Oak in Girth. Can you imagine how large they were pre-European! Larry

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Post by Joe » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:20 am

I've said it before and I'll say it again- when I see such amazing creations of Mother Nature- I only wish I could go back in a time machine and hike across North America before the pale faces showed up. I'm just trying to imagine hundreds of millions of acres of old growth- and if I can set the machine to go back far enough- I could see the Pleistocene Megafauna. Nothing like seeing huge wild animals out there in the old growth forests!

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Post by James Parton » Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:34 am

Joe, could I go with ya!?
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Re: Meet Cottzilla

Post by Joe » Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:47 am

James Parton wrote:Joe, could I go with ya!?
Sure! Let's get working on that time machine!
Joe

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Post by Larry Tucei » Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:45 pm

Joe, Count me in to! Larry

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Re: Meet Cottzilla

Post by Marcas » Sat Jan 08, 2011 11:04 pm

WOW that's so crazy I would love to sit under that tree and eat lunch wondering about the tree.
Who speaks for the Trees? WE ALL DO!

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