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Arm of Angel Oak

Arm of Angel Oak
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Copyright: Laura Pruett (WaterSprite) (59)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-06-13
Categories: Trees
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/40 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-19 23:04
Viewed: 3417
Points: 6
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Angel Oak... some have reported this tree is the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi. It is a living oak approximately 1400-1500 years old. Today the live oak has a diameter of spread reaching 160 feet, a circumference of nearly 25 feet, and covers 17,100 square feet of ground.
The day this shot was taken there were no other humans besides my husband and I in the park. This is one of the many huge arms of the tree. The limbs are so long and heavy they require supports. Some of the limbs drop several feet below ground then come back up. This is only common in the oldest of live oaks. She is very well maintained by the city of Charleston. It is also one of the few parks that don't require a fee. I have full shots that I will be posting at later dates. Only adjustment made to this shot was minimal cropping.
Source: www.angeloaktree.org check it out for more information

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-12-19 23:25]

Hi Laura

A lovely composition - the branches reaching into the frame creates a nice visual effect - as do the various shades of green in the leaves.

This form of branch growth is called layering - given enough time the branches root and form daughter trees.

You might like to try making your postings a little larger - 800 wide (landscape) or high (portrait) is what most people use - it is easier to crit :)


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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-12-21 3:27]

Hi Laura,
Just marking this wonderful post for the moment, lest I miss it, and will come back with a proper critique later.

I love these old craggy armed Oaks. They are truly a defining part of the American South. Thanks for sharing!


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