Some of you may recognize this picture and some of you may not. It is the Angel Oak. It is quite famous around these parts. Photographing the tree from this angle is very popular. The way the branches reach to the sky in front and lie down in back invites you to capture its image from this place.
Last weekend we went to John’s Island to see the Oak and while taking pictures I discovered a side of the tree that I did not recall seeing regularly in photos.
From this angle you see three limbs growing out of the base almost on top of one another. For some reason it made me think of the Greek mythology story of Medusa and then it brought to mind the trees that walked and talked in the Hobit films. This tree could cover some serious ground with those limbs.
Though believed to be named the Angel Oak because of its appearance, that of an angel, it might have actually acquired its name from the former owners, you guessed it, the Angels.
The sheer size of this tree is nothing less than amazing. It is rumored to be anywhere from 300 to 1500 years old and has a reported circumference of 25.5 feet.
Three people side by side and there is still more Oak to spare. That is The Southern Gent’s mom and dad by the way, Linda and Don.
When you come to Charleston, make sure you take a drive down the oak lined Maybank Highway to John’s Island and stop to see this Oak, this Angel Oak.