Photos: Pomp and chainsaws for the cutting of the US Capitol Christmas tree


The tree cutting began by securing lines.
1 The Capitol Christmas Tree cutting ceremony began with securing lines to the crane. 
Cables are attached to the tree.
2 Cables are attached to the tree. 
Securing the base of the tree
3 Securing the base of the tree 
Stabilizers keep the tree in place
4 Stabilizers keep the tree in place 
The chosen tree
5 The chosen tree 
Briefing on the tree cutting
6 Briefing on the tree cutting 
A second line is secured the tree
7 A second line is secured the tree 
Giving a blessing
8 Giving a blessing 
People were bussed to the site for the ceremony
9 People were bussed to the site for the ceremony 
Carri Jones, chairwoman of the Leech Lake Band
10 Carri Jones, chairwoman of the Leech Lake Band 
Children from the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwa
11 Children from the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwa 
Scheff makes his final cut.
12 Scheff makes his final cut. 
Scheff trims the trunk of the tree.
13 Scheff trims the trunk of the tree. 
Trimming it up
14 Trimming it up 
Lowering the tree on the trailer.
15 Lowering the tree on the trailer. 
The tree is lowered onto the trailer.
16 The tree is lowered onto the trailer. 
Prepping it for travel
17 Prepping it for travel