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Monday, June 13, 2016

Angel Oak

When we first moved to the Charleston area I got an area guide book, the things that you should see and do while you are here.   Slowly but surely we are checking off things from that book.  The one thing we kept seeing was the Angel Oak Tree. A really old oak tree

The road to the Angel Oak.

It is a gorgeous place . The tree is huge!

 The canopy is so  dense that it is much cooler near the oak.  Even though it was almost 100 degrees it was nice under the oak.

This is the trunk

They were pruning off some dead limbs today.
and yes, someone had to be chatting away on her phone.

Of course, Lon found a lizard.

Can you spot the brown lizard?  Took me a minute or two

From a distance

Here is some information on the angel oak from the Angel Oak website:

The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be in excess of 400-500 years old, stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). From tip to tip Its longest branch distance is 187 ft.  There is considerable debate about the age of the Angel Oak.  Some contend that it is 1,500 years old.  Most believe that the more conservative estimates are more accurate.
It is an absolute must see for anyone visiting Charleston South Carolina. It is on everyone’s top ten list of things to do in Charleston. Despite being located on John’s Island, the Angel Oak has come to symbolize Charleston South Carolina. A large number of people search for “Angel Oak Charleston South Carolina” even thought this tree is on John’s Island. It is a southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park, on Johns Island SC.

Lon is having a great time looking around and studying the tree

The road back.

It was fun, it was worth seeing.  

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