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#21 aastra

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 02:51 PM

What you talkin' about, Ruxpin?

 

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Actually, right across the street in Beacon Hill Park there seems to be an even taller tree.

 

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#22 Mike K.

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 02:59 PM

You can't use those Google images to make a proper comparison, but what you can do is calculate the shadows of tall buildings near the ones in Vic West. And on the same day/time the satellite photos of Vic West's Quay buildings were taken they also captured the shadow of the Vic West trees. Take a look. In the second image the shadow doesn't quite show the full height as it hits the house to the northwest. Measure from the middle of the trees and from the northwest-most side of the buildings.

 

Regardless, I'm going by what was relayed to me by someone who owns a property adjacent to the tree. They were informed by the city what was going to happen and it was the city that referenced the height.

 

 

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#23 aastra

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 03:50 PM

Bingo's tree in James Bay is also very tall, but apparently everything is bigger in Vic West:

 

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#24 aastra

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 04:14 PM

Despite intimidation by Vic West toughs, I'm inclined to bet my donuts on the tree in Beacon Hill Park. I was just looking at several photos in Scaper's flickr.com collection and elsewhere. That tree seems to be about ~15 stories tall. Quite a bit taller than the one out front of the building across the street.

 

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#25 Bingo

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 04:51 PM

Here is a photo showing the Irving Park Redwoods, and from this angle they seem taller than the Simcoe Apartments.

http://vibrantvictor...-island/page-24

 

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#26 Bingo

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 05:08 PM

Another view of the Irving Park trees at right above Laurel Point, taken from Promontory.

http://vibrantvictor...in-2014/page-88

 

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#27 aastra

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 05:15 PM

Yeah, but in the same pic check that tall one in Beacon Hill Park. I searched www.beaconhillparkhistory.org for "tallest" but every result is related to the totem pole.



#28 gumgum

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 07:09 PM

I think this one at Moss and Richardson is a real contender. http://bit.ly/1jPX9IDmoss richardson.jpg



#29 Mike K.

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Posted 27 October 2015 - 10:26 PM

Oh yeah, that thing is huge.


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Posted 28 October 2015 - 08:37 AM

A 48-metre-tall sequoia at the corner of Moss and Richardson streets, planted as a seedling in 1854 as a gift from the state of California, is generally considered to be Victoria’s biggest tree – and has its own fans, including the IWA-Canada forestry workers’ union, who donated $2,000 in 1991 to pay for the tree’s pruning. But it may not be the tallest in the city after all. Al Carder, who’s spent nearly all his 97 years documenting big trees, including many in the provincial registry, says that the sequoia in Irving Park (above right) on James Bay’s Menzies Street, is taller yet. “It looks about 52 metres,” says Carder, who notes that the Moss sequoia has been topped, unlike the one on Menzies. “It’s still going up.”

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#31 lanforod

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 08:50 AM

This is just in the city of Victoria, yes? I'm certain there are many taller ones if you're looking at the CRD. I think there are some close enough to my house I can hit them with a rock.



#32 aastra

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 09:33 AM

People who live in wooden houses shouldn't throw stones at trees. It's an old adage. But I suppose we can allow it if the tree is in a yard/neighbourhood/park as versus in the middle of the forest. Pics required, preferably with houses or buildings or something else in the frame to indicate the height of it.


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#33 Mike K.

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 10:51 AM

Update on the Vic West trees. The second has been cut back, but not entirely like the first so it now stands about 2/3's as high as it did on Monday and has a nice buzz cut about 1/2 the way up.


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#34 aastra

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 11:18 AM

Just as we were coming to measure it. What a convenient coincidence.



#35 Mike K.

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Posted 28 October 2015 - 11:28 AM

Sorry guys, now we'll never know the answer. Vic West is best, though.


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Posted 28 October 2015 - 10:37 PM

Any guesses as to height?

 

I don't know how high up the traffic light is. 

 

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#37 Bingo

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Posted 29 October 2015 - 05:55 AM

Any guesses as to height?

 

I don't know how high up the traffic light is. 

 

Using this simple measurement, I estimate the tree to be 157 feet 3 inches.

https://en.wikipedia...ume_measurement

We don't have a thread yet for traffic light heights.

 

 

 

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#38 Zig7

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Posted 30 December 2016 - 09:29 AM

I know this thread was left to wither on the branch a long time ago but just want to add my two cents regarding Garry oaks:

Love 'em!

 

Love that their branches are so curly and unpredictable.

Love that they are deciduous and stately grey-barked giants.

Love that they drop acorns in a musical fashion on nearby structures.

Love that their leaves can be shredded for valuable additions to my garden beds and compost.

Love that they give me an excuse to be outside and moving in the autumn, listening to the birds while I rake.

Love that they provide DAPPLED (not dense) shade.

Love that they provide habitat for small animals (winged as well as furry).

Love that they are adapted to our dry summers.

Love that they are so unique to our southern tip of the island.

 

I'm so happy to have 16 on my ½ acre.

 

I am so sad when I hear the chainsaw in our neighbourhood.

 

 



#39 aastra

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 10:52 AM

So exactly when did this beautiful tree in the neighbourhood formerly known as Oaklands earn itself the Victoria chop?



#40 aastra

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Posted 09 January 2019 - 10:55 AM

Maybe Sparky could step out of Hillside Mall's food court for a minute and get a picture of it.


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