We also get a good look of the root system this way. And, believe it or not, it is still growing apples!
A huge limb from one of our white pines came down as well. It makes another cool place to climb and hide. It's hard to see in the photos, but the ladies can get far back into the branches. It's like a little pine cave; it makes a great (and soft) place to hide or play.
Now, I know my grandaddy is probably horrified with this post. His yard is IMMACULATE! I also know that he knows how much the girls love to climb and can see the reasoning we have for keeping a few limbs (and a whole tree) on the ground. :)