When we were in Darebin Parklands the other day, we met some people at the big pool in the bend of the creek and stood discussing the recent floods.
Crack! A branch dropped straight down from one of the trees around the edge of the pool. No warning except that infamous sound.
A young boy and his pup had been standing there only moments before.
Of course, inquisitive Penny (and her humans) went over to have closer look. Probably not too intelligent, but we were working on the theory that lightning doesn't strike twice in the same spot.
It seems that it's not known why some trees (not just eucalypts) unexpectedly drop limbs.I haven't found any information on the internet about the actual process of dropping the limb but here is an interesting article. I took a couple of closeups of the end of the branch, and I don't know if it looks as if there is any particular disease at that spot.
And a shot of the place it dropped from, high up the trunk.
As we wandered further through the park, we came across an even bigger branch that had dropped previously.