This past weekend brought tremendous thunderclaps to town. The next day I was riding my bike and was surprised to see this crossing my path:
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Note the charring of the first log. I think that log was struck with a direct lightning blow, and on the way down it took the other tree with it.
Several joggers came by the scene and all were impressed.
This tree is only 100 yards from my house. The funny thing is, a few years ago, while staying at a place called Lake Shore Resort in Saugatuck, a tremendous boom went off in the middle of the night. I nearly hit the motel room ceiling. The next day I saw that a huge old tree had been felled on the property -- less than 100 yards from my room.
If Mother Nature is triangulating, I figure I've got 2 strikes left.