Sunday, November 30, 2008

Farewell To A Giant Tree



The above 3 pictures are now history with the falling down of this giant rain tree on the early morning of November 26.The century old tree stood about 30 meters from the Sibu mosque for over a hundred years according to residents living nearby.A photograper friend,Abana, who just lives across the mosque recalled that he heard some loud sound at about 3 am. He was certain that there was no lightning so the theory that the tree was struck by lightning was ruled out.I went to check and took photos of the tree this morning and I am convinced that the tree had succumbed to old age.

The tree was literally split into half. A closer examination of the tree trunk revealed that the majority of it is dead wood. Presumably much of the roots have also rotten. The defective tree trunk and roots certainly could not carry the whole weight of the tree which has widespread branches in all directions.

A closeup photo shows that the tree bark and the sap wood underneath it is still fresh. That means the survival of the whole tree had depended entirely on the bark and sap wood as the rest of the wood is dead long ago.



Half of the tree was up rooted . We can see that the roots are mostly dead and rotten.

It was a pitiful sight as I stood at this angle to take these photos.When the giant tree was alive and standing tall before the mosque, it provided a beautiful and outstanding foreground. Now only the skeleton remains. Very soon even the skeleton will be totally removed. The land will be bare, the mosque will forever lost a loyal friend and a companion which had stood by him, rain or shine, for so many years.




I consider you as a friend too because you never fail me. Whenever I came to take photos of you, you always shadowed me from the sun and rain. Now you are gone....I don't think I would like to come back to this sad place again.

Farewell to a giant tree...........


9 comments:

sarawakiana said...

Very good pictures and article full of deep sensitivities.

Thank you.

I used to play hockey in the field not far away from here and never thought that this tree would suffer a fate like this. Trees like these just seem to live forever and give us a beautiful scenery.

suituapui said...

Luckily it did not fall on the mosque...

-eiling- said...

I really like the 1st picture. It was so picturesque and love the colour! It's a pity that such a big and old tree has to go. Trees like these are difficult to come by nowadays.

lbylaura said...

Thanks for sharing the real story...The first time I saw the fallen tree I was so distressed because I never drove pass by without taking a glance of the beautiful majestic standing tree. I thought someone deliberately chopped down the tree like the one at "tua pek kong" temple! I share the sentiments you feel about nature, we all must play our roles at preserving and taking care of God's creation. This tree had served its purpose and we'll fondly remember its beautiful existence through pictures so keep snapping the beauty of nature that lies in your - the beholder's - eyes :)

Philip said...

sarawakiana:Guess we have to accept the fact that nothing is permenant in this world.Hope they will plant a new tree in replacement.

stp:Yes and also lucky that the incident happened at 3 am in the morning when there was no one around.

eiling: It's indeed sad the grand old tree has to leave us.It was one of the biggest and oldest trees in Sibu.Many friends say the first picture doesn't look like it is taken in Sibu.

Ibylaura: The fallen giant tree has left a big open space at the mosque's compound. We just feel something is missing when we drive pass the area.We won't see another such big tree there at the same place in the rest of our lives.Sure I will continue to take pictures of all the grand old tree I come across.

cutie said...

wonderful post! You are such a sentimental person... I feel sad after reading this and your pictures do tell a lot more than that. :'(

As the old saying, old things don't go, new things won't come. Maybe there is small little tree coming out from the giant tree? :) There is always new life and new hopes out there.

Philip said...

cutie: It has been a long time since you last commented here.Happy that you are always positive in your thinking.I must admit I am a sentimental poerson....so I always still prefer old things than new.Needless to say I must also adapt to changes and challenges.

Victor Kiu said...

Nice photo.. Beware of the old tree at Sibu Times Square. It may fall down one day too.

the donG said...

nice capture. it's sad to know that it went down. i can imagine how many years it took to get it that size.