This photo was taken of a bald cypress tree in the southwest portion of Citrus County around the turn of the 20th century. It has been estimated that the tree was several thousand years old, with a circumference at the base of approximately 50 feet. The crew would attach springboards to the tree, allowing them to work high above the thickened base. It was necessary to notch through several outer layers of the tree before starting the crosswise cut because the saws commonly used were only 12 feet long. A tree of this size, potentially 100 to 125 feet tall, would have required most of two days for the men to fell. Even so, cutting down the tree was often easier than getting it out the swamp or woods.