If you are from the Lowcountry, then this tree, the Angel Oak, is familiar to you. David and I went and saw it one afternoon when we had not been dating for very long (though I did not take this photo). It is a Live Oak and is an amazing site to behold. The tree’s circumference is twenty-five feet. There are various types of Oak trees in California, where I am originally from, but nothing like the Oak trees here.
Being from Northern California I saw mostly Pine trees growing up. There are pine trees here in South Carolina too but they are not as pretty. However, with the warm weather, humidity and good rains the tree life that grows around here more than makes up for this.
This weekend I saw even more trees than usual. I was on Seabrook Island at St. Christopher’s beautiful retreat center that is right on the water. I did spend some time at the beach but there is also about three hundred acres of undisturbed woods with hiking trails at St. Christoper’s. I went on several walks in the woods and discovered what I like to call – Palms in the Wild.
In South Carolina, I have grown accustomed to seeing one or two Palm trees sequestered within the confines of someone’s yard.
This past weekend though, instead of the typical domestic setting, I saw them in large groups surrounded by other trees where they had been randomly placed by nature – out in the Wild.
In addition to the Palms that made me stop and stare, I saw other trees that were equally as beguiling.
While I sometimes miss my California Pine trees, it is things like the spectacular trees here that make me love this place that is now my new home.