Friday, May 11, 2012

Methuselah Tree

Angel Oak, John's Island, SC  © Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved
(Click on image for larger view)



A short drive from Charleston is, I think, the most underrated park in our area. It contains the venerable Angel Oak tree, which is estimated to be the oldest living organism East of the Mississippi River (at 1400 years old!). Walking beneath the undulating branches of this impressive tree gives you an indelible impression of just how large and ancient it is.

Speaking of impressions, here are a few photography links for your weekend viewing...

Enjoy these amazing aerial abstracts...

and these satellite images...

and finally, from above the earth to beneath the seas, check out these watery images from a master of the genre.

30 comments:

  1. Trees such as this one should be revered!

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  2. very impressive and beautiful - excellent colors

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  3. Excellent creation of nature and very good photo!

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  4. What a great part of that forest. Like a nice picture from the Lord of the rings.
    Where are the Hobbits? :D Congrats!
    Greetings, Miklos

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  5. WOW! I sure hope they allow you to go sit on and climb it, Doug? What a memory that would be!

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  6. Looks like something out of a fantastic movie...
    Nice autumn colors.

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  7. Fine taking, fantastic tree, an ideal place to the trip. I am greeting

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  8. even this ancient tree would be delighted with this portrait.

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  9. I recently visited this remarkable tree. How come your photos are so much better than mine? I need some lessons from photographers like you. The tree is really awesome, isn't it?

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  10. I realy like your photos, i like colours and prehaps you made photos at the best hour, the light is perfect.
    I would like to leave the same that the oak jjjj
    Greetings.

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  11. Rally an impressive photo my friend, a fantastic location for an intriguing and abstract geometric form

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  12. Man, these trees are so cool. Love the way they look.

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  13. Very cool looking tree and a great photogrpah too!

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  14. Cool photo Doug! Great colour and texture. And almost a surreal feel to it. Great stuff!

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  15. like a giant octopus reaching for you
    beautiful

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  16. Truly impressive!
    I couldn't stop but wondering if this tree inspire M C Escher to paint his stairway drawing.
    Have you been to Sequoia National Park in CA?
    I came across an article about their giant sequoia trees in NGS when I was younger. :o)

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  17. Amazing!!!
    So old tree!!
    I think Charleston is veryvery interesting place.
    Happy weekend
    orvokki

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  18. Great photo of such an ancient tree. I wish it could talk.

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  19. So in love with that image. Makes me want to stand in the middle of that space and take it all in.

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  20. Wow, how atmospheric! Mysterious and alluring! Such a beautiful "work of art" through your wonderful lens!

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  21. Speechless again! I love to see this old trees. In Japan, in a temple yard I've seen a very old Wisteria now.

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  22. Breathtaking and majestic Doug--great shot Doug!

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  23. What an age that tree has. Marvellous image, too! The links are most interesting, although I can't get the middle one to open.

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  24. what an incredible behemoth of a tree! a real work of natural art ...

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  25. Wow, that is montrous looking tree! And i like it ! Sure is photogenic !

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  26. A master-class in how to bring (photographic) order to chaos.

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  27. Excellent find! Love how this tree is twisting itself in all directions. Impressive!
    Have a nice day.

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  28. Saw one of your photos on Pinterest and it sent me to your blog. Love your work. DO you mind if your photos are pinned to Pinterest? Will be checking you blog often to see what's new.

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