Look at this sadness, this beautiful big willow tree that made my backyard like a park, and screened us from the neighbors. Amazing that it didn't take out a fence or anything else! Ralph said he watched it from an upstairs window as it slowly pulled itself loose from the soil and lay itself down on the grass.
The tree was lopsided, because a large branch had broken off one side before we ever lived here, and it was top heavy because it hadn't been pruned. We hired a tree service to trim it once, but they couldn't get their big equipment into the yard because previous owners had blocked the way with a poorly located shed. With the rain, the ground was so saturated and soft that the off-balance weight of the tree just pulled it over!