The other day I took a walk with the cat, Jack, and found an old deer antler on the ground. It was such a nice, peaceful, quiet walk, until...
Out of nowhere, a tree fell down in the woods near us! It didn't exactly just "fall down", either - there was an awful loud, ripping, shredding, tearing noise. Jack the cat was terrified and tried to take off running, luckily he was on a leash or he would have run until he was lost. He was flipping and jumping around- I had to scoop him up and hold onto him to calm him. The noise of a tree crashing down- the noise of ripping, shredding wood, is one of the scariest noises I've heard in the woods. The tree crashed loudly into other trees. I stood still with Jack in my arms until the noise ended. Then I put Jack back in the house & went back to investigate.
I found what I believe is an oak tree - broken down. It appeared to have a hollow spot near the base which somehow made it fall. It was a good solid tree, I was surprised it came crashing down.
We'll have to cut it up for firewood when we have time.
The funniest thing is that this is not the first time I was out in the woods with the cat when I heard a tree fall down. Last August I experienced a very similar situation, except this time it was much louder, much closer, and it was a bigger, stronger tree.
I hope next time a tree falls down near me it's not any closer!
So, to answer the age long question...
What do you think?
I believe the answer is YES. I will never forget that sound, and I think it would have sounded just as bad if I wasn't there!