Originally Posted by hazelrunpack
It 'self-prunes'--drops huge branches at unpredictable times...or the branches crack off and hang forever (in that last pic, you can see a rusty-colored branch hanging in the upright hemlock--it weighs enough to kill a human or a dog underneath when it lets go and is hanging by a thread of bark... So for next spring's warbler migration, I'll be hemlock-less inside the yard.
That would be called a 'widow maker' here in Australia, Hazel,although here it's the huge gum tree branches that fall and kill people.
Condolences on losing such a lovely tree but wow, what timing, being able to catch it on film. Lovely area you live in.