the tree got much worse as the day went on
the crack grew larger and began to extend around the back of the tree
i called several tree services and one guy showed up. he was visibly shaken and said, "that tree is going to fall down tonight." then he asked me if i had a car in the garage and he told me to move it right away. he said not to spend a minute more in the backyard than was necessary. so i ran out barefooted and moved the car. i also managed to save the garden buddha.
while he was waiting for the crew to arrive he tied a rope around the trunk.
i didn't think that was going to help much
it was too dangerous for them to cut the tree down by climbing it, so they brought in a cherry picker
they had to take down the fence in the back and a few trees to get the truck into the yard.
all the branches went first
they worked until 10 pm, managed not to hit the house or the garage, and cut it down to about 8 ft. they will return to finish the clean up.
it cost quite a bit of money! needless to say, i didn't make any art!