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Blake, former student of mine contacted me about a very unusual tree he’d seen near his property on the Bayou Teche and asked if I wanted to photograph it. Of course, I was very curious about the tree and went over to see for myself. I was amazed by this majestic old live oak whose root system is exposed after years of soil erosion, to the point that Blake who is six feet tall could easily stand under the tree with plenty of headroom to spare. When I entitled this photo, Under the Old Oak Tree, the words are quite literal as a tall man can actually stand UNDER the tree’s roots. Wow! Thanks to Blake for sharing this treasure with me!

You might want to see another version of this venerable old tree here:


    KEITH R. WILL...over 6 years ago

    wow what an amazing tree!!!

  • Judi Taylor
    Judi Taylorover 6 years ago

    I love this tree. It sure does look like a hand reaching down into the soil. It will remain like that for a long time …. and what a history it will be able to tell. Sharing this with us is wonderful.

  • Sheryl Kasper
    Sheryl Kasperover 6 years ago

    What a wonderful tree. It does look like a hand griping the earth trying to stay alive. Very unique.

  • jesika
    jesikaover 6 years ago

    This tree has seen so very much in its long life.
    Wonderful image.

  • loramae
    loramaeover 6 years ago

    And WoW what a treasure..I love this…would like to see this one..thanks for sharing Bonnie!

  • Barry Norton
    Barry Nortonover 6 years ago

    WOW this is Fantstic, great capture

  • Kimberly Palmer
    Kimberly Palmerover 6 years ago

    I think when the sun goes down, this old oak comes alive, and walks about the area….

    When you told me about this tree, I did NOT picture THIS! Wow, that’s VERY unreal… isn’t nature grand!

  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...over 6 years ago

    simply amazing

  • nmbrplus
    nmbrplusover 6 years ago

    Incredible, and humbling to realize how majestic and heavenbound this mighty Oak…and how miniscule we really are in the whole scheme of all that has been and all to come!

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