This broad “Southern Live Oak” stands in the median across the street from the neighborhood park where my children used to play. Its branches reach gracefully over two two streets. Many years ago, I joined a group of neighbors to plant red and white azalea bushes around the tree. You might be able to see the last of the red azalea blooms on the left. This tree feels like a neighborhood landmark and guardian. When David and I walk to the park, we often cross under its branches to the next street before turning toward home.
Here are some close ups:
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April 23, 2020 at 11:16 am
What a magnificent tree.
April 23, 2020 at 11:47 am
I’m so glad you can see that. It’s even more magnificent in person.
April 23, 2020 at 11:50 am
I can imagine.
April 23, 2020 at 11:37 am
I see quite strength in that tree.
April 23, 2020 at 11:48 am
Ah. Thank you for that observation. I agree!
April 23, 2020 at 12:04 pm
Don’t know if you’ve ever been to Boston. The USS Constitution Museum there goes into great detail on how it was the wood of these live oaks that gave the ship relative invulnerability to other ships of its age. That’s what earned it the nickname “Old Ironsides.” Prefer the Live Oaks living, though.
April 23, 2020 at 4:43 pm
I didn’t know this. Thanks, Ray for this history. Yes, they are better alive. 🙂
April 23, 2020 at 1:26 pm
Wow! Such a beautiful pic and your everyday connect to this tree makes it even more precious!
April 24, 2020 at 10:24 am
Thank you, Priya. It really is a precious connection!
April 23, 2020 at 1:48 pm
What a grand oak!
April 24, 2020 at 1:38 pm
Yes, it is. Thanks for appreciating her or him with me. I was going to write her, but, “her” didn’t feel right for this one. Hmmmmm.
April 24, 2020 at 2:20 pm
In the Portuguese language, the tree is a female noun. Besides, I have no qualms about referring to the tree as female. After all, like a mother, she gives freely to all other living species that depend upon her for sustenance.
April 24, 2020 at 10:07 pm
Thank you for letting me know this. I usually think of trees as feminine, you affirm this.
April 23, 2020 at 2:36 pm
Absolutely beautiful, JoAnna. This Oak tree exudes such tranquility and strength.
A place to go to renew your inner self. I imagine leaning against its trunk and whisper.
Thank you for sharing.
April 24, 2020 at 1:42 pm
Thank you for this beautiful response of understanding, Miriam. On our walks, I am always drawn to this tree and feel strength under the canopy.
April 23, 2020 at 7:30 pm
I should check out the series. I’ve some awesome pictures of trees but would need to find those that I’ve never yet shared.
Love, light and glitter
April 24, 2020 at 1:47 pm
Yes, I hope you will join us and share your trees. 🙂
April 26, 2020 at 6:40 am
Not likely to, but thanks!
April 23, 2020 at 11:12 pm
Wow, that’s beautiful. Oh, to sit under its shade with a good book and/or a friend.
April 24, 2020 at 2:10 pm
Thank you! What a lovely vision. Shade is a precious gift from trees. I think they like us to sit or even stand under them.
April 24, 2020 at 9:02 am
A splendid tree
April 24, 2020 at 2:30 pm
Thanks, Derrick. I agree! 🙂
May 6, 2020 at 6:23 pm
A massive, amazing tree.
May 6, 2020 at 8:32 pm
It’s good to know you see this, Thanks for appreciating with me!
May 10, 2020 at 7:34 am
Amazing! Awesome! The canopy is wonderful!!
May 10, 2020 at 10:07 pm
I do love this grand old tree. I’m glad you enjoy her too.
May 13, 2020 at 9:46 am
Love this. I would love to sit under it and read or just watch the people passing by. It seems to connect the neighborhood. So glad you shared. Thank you!
Hope to see you back tomorrow, JoAnna!
May 13, 2020 at 8:59 pm
It does connect the neighborhood. I had not consciously thought of that. See you tomorrow! 🙂