standing broken off tree trunk

Our property out in the country of northwestern Indiana got hit by a tornado last weekend.

Thankfully, none of the buildings were damaged. As we walked assessing the damage, it was quite amazing to us urbanites to see how big healthy trees were twisted off in a seemingly random pattern.

bent over tree in front of green forest
Other trees were simply bent over in long elegant curves. The energy stored in this one is almost visible as it seems ready to snap up if that other stump were lifted off.
tree root ball twisted out of ground by tornado
Here the half moon root ball of a fallen tree and with it the half moons of the trees it bent over.
big snapped off tree trunk
raw wood inside of snapped off tree trunk

Already a leaf has settled.

trees snapped like tooth picks

Toothpicks in the forest.

trees broken diagonally

I shouldn’t delight in the symmetry of destruction but I still love how these two aspen fell perfectly parallel.

tree tops snapped off by tornado

While these twisted-off tree tops look rather comical, they’re also quite dangerous as they are too high up for us to get them down, and yet, at some point they will come down. Also, interestingly, dead trees like these were left standing while healthier ones were felled. The theory is that without foliage there was less mass there for the wind to grab and beat around.

Tree mess
One fine mess for us to pick up.