Live Oak Tree. Goose Island State Park, Rockport, Texas 1990

I really like the enveloping, encompassing feeling I get from this image. It seems to go on and on, out of frame, like arms reaching to enfold… This is one of “The Big Tree’s” babies. The Big Tree is a Coastal Live Oak, over a thousand years old, with a girth of over 35 feet, the largest circumference of any tree in Texas. Unfortunately, an ugly fence combined with past attempts to “prune” the Big Tree have left it maimed, butchered, and unphotogenic. Luckily the “arborists” left the surrounding beautiful trees, like this one, alone.

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