Climbing a Stately Tree

On Saturday it was fun to photograph something not done in almost-50 years of taking photos, a tree-climbing championship held at Georgetown’s San Gabriel Park and sponsored by the International Society of Arbor Culture, Texas Chapter.   Climbers from around Texas, mostly professional arborists, tested their techniques and speed as they scaled a stately Live Oak tree.  The most impressive contestant, from Conroe, gave birth to her first child only two-and-a-half months ago.   The newborn, as well as the climber’s husband, peering into the tree, are pictured here, too.  I like that no spiked shoes were allowed, which could cause potential harm to a very old tree.  State winners advance to the international competition being held in August in Knoxville, Tennessee.  


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