Saturday, May 17, 2014

Angel Oak

As I've mentioned before, the weather did not cooperate while we were in Kiawah over Spring Break.  It's a fairly small island and there isn't a lot to do when it's cold (maybe some of you wouldn't mind being stuck in a small cottage with two wild and crazy kids but we are not those people).  I was searching for things to do and, while reading a local nature magazine, I came across an article about a local tree that the article claimed was over a thousand years old (sources differ about the actual age). What the what?  As I researched further, I found out that it was only about 15 minutes away.  

We were packed up in the car faster than you can say Jack Robinson.  And you know what? I can honestly say this is the nicest tree I've ever seen. Old, majestic, packed full of soul.  I stood under its wide, strong, antique branches and I thought of everything this tree has seen, all the hurricanes it has survived, the sheer number of folks who've walked under it's canopy, how happy it makes the thousands of people who come to visit each year.  

I'm so pleased I came across the article (the tree was so close!!!) and I feel lucky that we got to see and experience such an amazing tree/soul!  Hope you enjoy the pictures and that you get to see it in person yourself one day....

{the dirt road leading to Angel Oak}

{large posts holding up some of the branches}

{some branches go down into the earth and come back out again}

{I like this one for scale.}

{the annoying signs!  argh. they basically tell you not to breathe next to the tree. i understand their purpose but, seriously, this picture would be amazing ~ and I would probably enlarge and print it ~ were it not for those blasted signs.}


  1. Wow, wow and wow.
    I remember this tree from sending folks to Kiawah Island when I was a travel agent. I would love to see it. I'm glad that you got to!! xx

    1. That's just tells me what a phenomenal travel agent you were!!! You sent them to what has to be one of the best places in the area. It's not too, too have to see it, Kay!

  2. Oh my gosh, Audrey - how beautiful and majestic she is! I love old trees SO much. I had to laugh when I read about your annoyance with those blasted signs. I would have felt the same way!

    There's an old juniper tree near the place we love to camp that Doug and his brothers named The Sunday Tree. They discovered it on a Sunday and loved it so much that they lingered there and drank a few beers in her shade. We visit her every time we are in that area. I just went back to find a link for you and am bawling now that I've re-read my post. I'm touched not only by the post, but by the fact that the only two comments on it are from my MOM and from my best friend on the planet, Connie, who - by the way - reminds me SO much of you! Here's the link if you'd like to see:

    1. Checking out the post now ~ thank you so much for sharing it with me, Deb! XOXO

  3. Wow, this tree is AMAZING!!! :) I hope I get to see it one day. So beautiful. Trees are very special to me. I wish I could listen to what this tree has to tell after such a long time. The signs would annoy me, too :( Why did they have to put up so many?


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