As I was walking to my office this morning I noticed a tree service working on an ailing old Elm tree. I had read that the tree suffered from Dutch Elm Disease and needed to come down so as to not infect the remaining Elms on the property of the John Brown House (home in the background). In fact, the tree did not have Dutch Elm, but rather a canker, Sphaeropsis ulmicola. Read more here.
For a good 45 minutes I witnessed the dismantling of this 100 year old tree.
Here is the final cut, with a previous cut off to the right. The wedge in the foreground was cut to fell the tree in the correct direction.