Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Around the Bend...

Angle Oak, John's Island, SC  © Doug Hickok


The Angel Oak is estimated to be as much as 1500 years old, making it the oldest living thing east of the Rocky Mountains. It is a 25 foot diameter live oak tree, one of the largest in the country, that shades an astounding area of over 17,000 square feet. Its longest limb is 105 feet long! Many of these limbs are so heavy that they rest on the ground.  The name "Angel Oak" comes from the couple, Justus Angel and Martha Waight Tucker Angel, who received it as part of their marriage settlement from the Waight family (the owners for four generations).  Now owned by the City of Charleston, it is even more spectacular because there is no admission fee!

For another image of this amazing behemoth, see this post.

21 comments:

  1. Terrific capture!This tree has been supporting so many kind of lives there!I like its name, it's a homage and also angel to protect the nature around!
    Léia

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  2. Impressive! Very nice shot!
    I'd love to see this wonderful tree in person.

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  3. Breathtaking! I like how you captured the interwinding branches in that beautiful light. Thanks for sharing that impressive story.

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  4. Awesome! (like the Miz in the WWE :))
    I have never seen anything like this.
    It is a great photo! It's place is in the National Geographic magazine!

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  5. I am agreed with Mr.Paparazzo completely.
    Very interesting story,imposing object, deserving photograph!

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  6. Really impressive! And beautiful. It's so heavy, yet proud and strong. Very good shot of this old guy :)

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  7. This is a fantastic tree, it looks like it will live forever. Amazing :-)

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  8. lovely capture of this beautiful tree.

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  9. That's a fantastic picture of this fascinating tree. And thank you for telling its story---it's always great to know stories like this one.

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  10. 1,500 years old?!
    That's the oldest oak tree I've ever seen!
    The oak is the national tree of England.
    The National Trust, the Royal Parks, all use adopt oak leaves in their logos.

    What's your national tree in America?

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  11. This is a fantastic photo of a 1500 year old Oak Tree Doug....you would need a very wide angle lens and a helicopter to catch it all....i am doing a series on Hawaii and they have a similar tree on one of the Islands that grows and sets its limbs on the ground and then grows further....it also covers an entire city block.....Mother Nature sure has some miracles up her sleves....peter:)

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  12. Details like that blow me away, Doug! Anything that old SHOULD be free. :)

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  13. impressive but a same time wonderful and powerfull- complete for me

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  14. It's great to see this tree, thanks Doug,,,M

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  15. What a wonderful piece of history and a wonderful photo to illustrate it. Good job, Doug!

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  16. Awesome--what a great old gnarled tree!

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  17. this is indeed a most impressive tree. thanks your clever pov the viewer gets a very good idea of its dimensions and proportions! (i love the "blue" version as well!)

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  18. Donato (longroute)April 18, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    This is the one I prefer among your last ones.
    Nature is always an artist for me and always surprising. Very fine composition and a good atmosphere.
    Well captured,
    Donato

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  19. The photographer find a root!

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