Kansas Storm

While we were out Friday evening for dinner and a movie, a freak summer thunderstorn roared through our area. The wind took out what was left of the large Bradford pear tree standing near our back porch, and deposited it on the side of our house. The tree damaged some roof tiles, and crushed the railing on our side deck.

Needless to say, I spent Saturday cleaning up the mess, and taking a few pictures along the way (click each picture to see an enlarged version).

This is the third major branch to have fallen out of this tree. There’s not much left now, so I’ll take out the rest of it this fall and plant something else. This is the last Bradford pear tree I will have in my yard. They are supremely beautiful trees, but much too fragile for the Kansas weather.

Any suggestions on what kind of tree I should plant?

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