We had an old big leaf maple next to the house. It was a welcome source of summer shade and a stout limb held our kid's swing. It's many years later now and the old boy was starting to loose large limbs. This year it only put out half of its folliage and that looked diseased. The old fellow was dying. Big leaf maples like this tend to go dramatically. A neighbor's tree split in half a couple years ago. This was an 70ft tall tree. When it came down it was a clear, calm spring day. It blocked the road and took out the power lines. We couldn't risk the same happening with a tree next to the house, so the old fellow came down yesterday. It was a good call. About 1/4" of it's core trunk was already punky. It was only a matter of time before it dropped a large limb or worse. The tree was 37" at the trunk, 48" at the base of the crown. Now it will warm our home next year. Thanks old boy. This morning we had a visit from the inspector. He likes the nearby fir tree and is a regular. The woodpecker poked around for bugs long enough for me to catch a couple pictures.