Our neighbours called in a tree surgeon to trim some trees out back. I thought they were mainly trimming this tree that is a big part of the view out our window, but they had bigger ideas in mind.
I think tree surgeons must be frustrated little kids who loved tree climbing. Can you spot the guy high among the leaves?
But this tree was the serious business, with a large branch extending out over the neighbour's deck. They started by throwing a cord with a weight on it up over a higher limb, which they used to pull up a safety line. Pulling on this, he practically ran up the tree and out onto the branch.
A closer look, with the safety rope he used to pull himself up, chainsaw hanging from his belt.
As he worked his way down the branch to a larger diameter, he tied a rope to it and his colleague lowered it down. None of this just cutting off the whole branch and letting it fall! Note how small the chainsaw is.
Here it goes, almost on the ground.
He adjusted himself with the safety rope and cut off the next to last piece. Shouldering it, he directed its fall so it did no damage.
and then he rapelled down the tree in all of 5 seconds!
And this is the little tree they started with after they were done. Comparing this to the first photo, I think they did a good job. Add in all interesting entertainment for the morning.