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Ken and Carl Cut a Fallen Tree

Ken and Carl, volunteer trail maintainers, are also pictured here. They invited me
to watch them during their latest endeavor: cut up a fallen tree that was blocking
the trail in a local park. This meant that I had to get out of bed at the unnatural
hour of 8 a.m., as they were starting at 9. Photographers must endure hardships!

Cutting through the tree would release forces that could move it suddenly, so they planned
their work with this in mind. In one sequence of shots, note how the tree trunk rises as
Ken makes the initial through-cut. This lesson in physics was fascinating. They made quick
work of the obstruction, finishing in about 20 minutes.

Photos are arranged in the order in which they were taken.
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What's this thing over the trail?
What's this thing over the trail?
Uprooted!
Uprooted!
A week after I discovered the fallen tree, Ken and Carl discuss the challenge ahead
A week after I discovered the fallen tree, Ken and Carl discuss the challenge ahead
The fallen tree knocked over another
The fallen tree knocked over another
Hey guys, quit talking and get to work!
Hey guys, quit talking and get to work!
Ken prepares to start the chainsaw
Ken prepares to start the chainsaw
Let the cutting begin!
Let the cutting begin!
Under-cutting
Under-cutting
Tree wants to move upward
Tree wants to move upward
Moving further up
Moving further up
OK, now what do I do?
OK, now what do I do?
Just a little more cutting will break through...
Just a little more cutting will break through...
Done with the first cut, and the rootball has partially fallen back into the root hole
Done with the first cut, and the rootball has partially fallen back into the root hole
One good cut deserves another...
One good cut deserves another...
Now make several parallel top cuts
Now make several parallel top cuts
It's snowing!
It's snowing!
Another view: Carl supervises as Ken cuts
Another view: Carl supervises as Ken cuts
Determination is written all over Ken's face
Determination is written all over Ken's face
Carl moves in to get rid of the pieces
Carl moves in to get rid of the pieces
Did I hear a shutter click?
"Did I hear a shutter click?"
The cutting continues as the debris gets moved out of the way
The cutting continues as the "debris" gets moved out of the way
Carl's on a roll...
Carl's on a roll...
Shortening the suspended part
Shortening the suspended part
Gravity takes over
Gravity takes over
Cutting toward the root ball
Cutting toward the root ball
Gravity does its work again
Gravity does its work again
Carl gets a kick out of his work
Carl gets a kick out of his work
Another challenge awaits
Another challenge awaits
That baby is still too long!
That baby is still too long!
Ken is a cut-up and Carl is the pushy type
Ken is a cut-up and Carl is the pushy type
Away it goes!
Away it goes!
Ken gets an important call
Ken gets an important call
Work is done; the team heads home
Work is done; the team heads home