These next photos are of a tree that is about 50 yards to one side of the path I take through the woods. I noticed the fresh white broken off tree truck from the path and went to investigate. I assumed that this pine tree had been weakened by woodpeckers going after insects in the secction of the trunk that broke off.
What I found was something I’d never seen before and didn’t realy know what to make of it. There was no evidence of any rot or weakness in the trunk and the standing portion of the trunk looked like it had been twisted. Even more odd was the fact that a sction fo the trunk about 11-15 feet long looked like it had been literally blown apart. The were 6 or 7 long pieces of this section laying on the ground radially around the standing truck. One of these sections was jambed into the ground. You can see it in the photo below angling out of the ground.