She was a beauty! she was the National champion American Elm tree. The picture was taken in the year 2000. the trunk was 23' in circumference and her canopy was 112' x 112' - a huge tree, She was thought to be the largest American Elm tree in the world.
Last Thursday I drove by the old tree and was shocked. I had not noticed before but she is gone. She has been destroyed by Dutch Elm Disease (DED) at the ripe old age of over 300 years. Her old trunk is still partially there - but is of no value. The picture here shows her already impacted by DED, her foilage is minimal.
As a child and youth I use to see her often, I lived not too far from her and rode horseback within eyesight of this queen of elms. Now - gone. So sad! As strong as she was and and as majestic as she was standing there in all her glory - disease destroyed this queen. She was known as the "Buckley Elm" and a search on the internet will bring up photos and history. Gone also is my youth and now my struggle to keep my existence on earth begins as well.
Some of us will be fortunate enough to leave a mark in history, but how will we go out? We need to fight the disease of sin and never allow it to take us or our loved ones out. My life and my choices impact my loved ones - God forbid that I let sin in my life be as destructive as DED.
The Buckley Elm looked like it would last forever - however it is now gone. I hope today that I work just a little harder to makes sure my legacy lives on and that I stay Christ focused.