A photo gallery of Wooded Island in Jackson Park

(Paul H. Douglas Nature Sanctuary) following tour "Lost Wooded Island" by Douglas C. Anderson for Hyde Park Historical Society October 18 2003

To Lost Wooded Island Tour. The Lost Oldest Oak. Jackson Park home. Park News home
Areal view centered on Wooded Island in 1938. Doug Anderson's "Wooded Island: In Memoriam is in www.hydeparkhistory.org (from Hyde Park Historical Society's publication Hyde Park History).

Doug Anderson and  tour goers assemble on Darrow Bridge

Gathering on the Clarence Darrow Bridge Oct. 18 '03. Doug Anderson, tour guide, is at far left.

View to Wooded Island from Darrow Bridge

View to Wooded Island from the Darrow Bridge. Osaka Japanese Garden is cleared-appearing shore edge left.

East of the bridge- a  Green ash snapped by the storm.

The stump of a massive Green ash southeast of Darrow Bridge, snapped off by the July 5, 2003 storm.

Osaka Garden, lagely spared

Views in Osaka Garden. Here looking across the lower pool to the Tea Pavilion. In the next, the small willow reminds one of the many black willows planted on the lagoon shore by the Olmsted's, 1892 and 1905.

Osaka Garden, largely untouched by t he storm of  July 03

Osaka. Japanese lantern peeks around a tree

Note (ctr.) 1892 Japanese lantern south of Tea Pavilion.

View to lagoon and island

View eastward from Osaka to a restored lagoon island and the east shore of the east lagoon.

Lawn by Osaka Garden. Trees  lost here

The expansive lawn on the spine of the island, across the road from the Tea Pavilion (south of which a Silver maple tree and another were blown down). On this lawn the Ho-o-den (Phoenix Temple) of 1893 stood. Several trees were lost here in the storm, including the last horse chestnut and last White oak. .

Damaged burr oak

Previous fells

Left: a great bur oak aged at 204 years, stripped of some branches. Right: near the center of the island, east of the east road/path with several trunks from previous fells and the storm.

Arriving at the felled oldest oak

Arriving at the remains of the toppled and snapped Oldest Oak, aged at 273 years. Between the east and west roads. Other views. The tree was blown and sprawled eastward, covering about a third the width of the island at that point. Hence, difficult to take as a whole.

Snapped truck section of the oldest oak

In life the tree stood 65 feet high and 90 feet wide, girth 3 and a half feet. The tree will stay in place as a memorial and allowed to eventually replenish nature and maybe "nurse" new oaks.

Oldest oak break

Basswood snapped

This American linden (basswood) was snapped off and otherwise stripped bare. The trunk will be left as a nesting and perching snag for birds, particularly raptors. Below, left is an undamaged basswood which, at least now, consists of five enormous slanted trunks emerging from the ground. Normally, basswood is one of the most straight and stately of trees. Bees frequent its flowers.

Amulti-trunck basswood

Clearing on the south end of the island
In a clearing surrounded by oaks on the broad south end of the island, north of the South Bridge and south of the 'Rose Garden'. Some storm damage is visible. Below, in the clearing is a line of oaks that may have sprouted from an ancient nurse log hundreds of years ago.


South end, line of oaks maybe where a previous ancient fell

Tour conclusion in a glade in south end.

Tour conclusion , in the clearing, with words by Doug, Jay Mulberry for Hyde Park Historical Society, and Ross Petersen of Jackson Park Advisory Council.