Angel Oak Tree

Today’s post is a special feature because William wrote it. : ) Enjoy his writing’s, he’ll be hijacking the blog every once in awhile.

“On a gorgeous September morning, I was on my way to work in Charleston, SC. I linked up with my sister, her husband, and their daughter, and we enjoyed breakfast down the street from the Angel Oak tree. Prior to the ladies returning north, and James and I continuing south for work, we decided to stop and see this tree. Being a tourist attraction, you’d assume several signs guiding the curious to it’s location, however, if you did not drive slow and keep a watchful eye you may just miss the turn.

A little info on the tree to put it in perspective prior to sharing my thoughts…

The tree stands 65 feet tall and 25 feet around. Its longest branch is just over 11 feet in circumference, and 89 feet long. The area of shade it provides is over 17,000 square feet. That is .39 acres, or almost one third of a football field! Although there are some trees a few hundred years older than the Angel Oak, it is believed to be one of the oldest this side of the Mississippi.”

“Some sources say the tree is between 300 to 400 years old, while other sources put it closer to 1,500 years old! If it lived during the first estimation, it was around before the colony of South Carolina was even founded in the year 1663. If it is as old as 1,500 years,  it was beginning its life when Mayan civilization was peaking. It was 700 years old when the Magna Carta was created, and almost 1,000 years old by the time Columbus sailed the ocean blue.”

“It is amazing to believe something so old and weathered has stood the test of its time. It has survived countless storms, hurricanes, floods, and whatever else mother earth has decided to throw at it. Even man has not been able to destroy it yet.”

“It is an awe inspiring sight to behold. As we pulled into the parking lot (which is just dirt and gravel next to a modest building selling souvenirs), I wasn’t exactly sure as to where the tree was. As you round the corner of the building, the area opens up slightly, and the sheer size of this tree just hits you. I stood back to take pictures as my relatives moved closer to it. It seemed as if they shrunk the closer they got. The niece even greeted the tree by waving hi, and she even spotted a caterpillar. We spent some time there, wandering around its outstretched limbs as the sun shone through. I took several photos, and while doing so thought of the events this tree had lived during.”

“This tree has stood the test of time, and continues to do so, even with a little help from people. Some of the limbs were supported with lumber to reduce the chances of a limb breaking off under its own weight. Before I continue rambling on about this oak tree, I’ll leave you with my parting words: I plan on returning to this site with my Amanda, and sincerely hope I am able to do so in the future with children of our own. It is just that magnificent.”

Nature holds the key to our aesthetic, intellectual, cognitive and even spiritual satisfaction. – E. O. Wilson

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