Burr Oak Sketch

We recently went to the Vintage Wine Fest in Utica, Illinois, and camped at a favorite campground, Hickory Hollow. Sadly, the newly built sand mine next door has sent folks elsewhere to camp as it is very noisy, along with blasting throughout the day. Another sad note is that the owners want to retire. They had hoped to find someone to purchase the campground and continue to run it as one, however no such luck. The sand mine gave them an offer they couldn’t refuse and they accepted. The mine is allowing them to stay in business until October of 2017, right after wine fest, a big weekend for them.

We have been camping here for the last 10 years. We’ve been on many different sites, however site H0 is our favorite. There is a large, burr oak on the site that is just magnificent. I am besides myself to know that this tree will be killed to be able to remove the sand it’s roots have been in for over many years (give or take 100, my guess). I’m very sad. =-(

I, of course, had to try my hand at preserving the memory of the grand ‘ol tree.



I hope some of the acorns I grabbed will continue on the heritage of this wonderful tree.

© Ilex – Midwestern Plant Girl

34 thoughts on “Burr Oak Sketch

  1. What’s so great about sand that they have to destroy such an ancient life form as this magnificent oak tree?
    I do love trees and I hope that some of your acorns do grow and continue its life.
    Nice sketch too 🙂

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  2. nooooo…. I’m sad too… it is such a bad feeling when I see a falling tree what was there for so much years…. I hope I can always effort the insurance rates for our ole walnut tree, so we haven’t to remove it…. that would probably break my heart and the house would lose something of it’s “home-feeling”….

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    • It’s sad, but I get it. The owners held out for as long as they could. Long story short… 2 couples bought it. Within the 1st year, both husbands died, leaving the 2 wives to run it for the past 30 years. They really wanted to sell it as a campground, but no one offered. I wanted to ask how much, but I’m sure the $1.87 I have in my bank acct wouldn’t cover it. 😣
      Walnuts are strong trees! I grew up with 2 next to my house. Very beautiful, until the walnuts came. Boom! Ha ha ha!


  3. Some ancient trees were in the way of a road widening scheme and one ancient 98 YO lady chained herself to the tree for three days and in the end they moved the road about six metres to the left/ Chain yourself. You may not win but its goo publicity. I can see the photo now. Old tree and coloured finger nails.

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  4. My ex-husband grew up on a farm in central Illinois, so this sand mining is a huge concern. Farms that have been in families for generations are being bullied out by these operations. And how heartbreaking to sacrifice a big old bur oak to sand mining. I never would have thought such a thing would happen here in Illinois. I’m so glad you grabbed some acorns, and made a sketch.

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    • It is truly sad. There is a whole row of similar oaks going down the road. There are many mature, heritage trees on this property. Three years ago, they installed a row of about 150 evergreens along the border of the mine.
      I get that ‘local’ is the way to go, however just as Eddie Two Hawks wrote, Florida does have plenty, why not get it there? We only have so many places to grow food. The current mine used to be corn/soybean fields. Starved Rock is nearby and I’m shocked they couldn’t get a taker of the business. Every time we’ve been there, its been pretty full.


  5. What a shame to be replaced by a sand mine. And the Pebble Creek Corp wants us all to believe that their mine will not destroy the intrinsic beauty and ecology of Bristol Bay. Do they really think the US public is that naive?

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