Still Learning To See

In the presence of a remarkable tree

My sister next to the Earlysville White Oak near the Charlottesville, VA airport.

I had the great honor today to stand with my sister under a great spreading limbs of an amazing White Oak (Quercus alba), a 300+ year old beauty known as the Earlysville White Oak. It was spared a few years back when the Charlottesville airport expanded and should now continue to grow in peace for another long stretch of time. This tree is one of many described in the book Remarkable Trees of Virginia(Hugo/Kirwan and Llewellyn), a book I recommend highly to anyone who appreciates trees and superb photography.

Also on this day I honor the memory of a great human being, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who also spread his arms wide and grew his roots deep and stood for  life against odds beyond imagining. A day to honor great trees and great humans.

This entry was published on January 17, 2012 at 12:01 am. It’s filed under People, Trees and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

5 thoughts on “In the presence of a remarkable tree

  1. Marti Snell on said:

    John
    Remarkable tree and remarkable posting today! So glad we decided to ignore the sign and just walked up to this glorious tree.
    Love
    Marti

  2. YES! Although airport security is nothing to be trifled with, I did think of the wonderful verse in Woody Guthrie’s This Land is Your Land:

    “As I went walking I saw a sign there
    And on the sign it said ‘No Trespassing.’
    But on the other side it didn’t say nothing,
    That side was made for you and me.”

  3. kspring on said:

    What a beautiful tree! “No trespassing” signs remind me of a professor I had in college, who often told us to walk fast and stay close as we ignored the signs in order to get a better view and learn more on our land-use planning field trips in the Adirondacks. My classmates and I looked forward to “Glennpassing” each week, where I learned not only what mines and derelict company buildings look like, but also the power of people pursuing a closer look together.

  4. I just returned to Cville .. that tree is now surrounded by a fence. Grateful I have a photo before…. a few years ago. Thank you for posting this photo – wonderful. And now I have a name of the old tree, rather than calling her THE OLD TREE. I will be posting on my fb photo page in the next couple of days … see if she is the same tree you speak of.
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Todays-Catch/221466604660854?ref=hl

    • Thanks, Jane. Yes, it is a fabulous tree. If you’ve not yet see the book and website Remarkable Trees of Virginia, go immediately. The author and photographer have done two other books, both stunning, one on trees and the other on flowers. The photographer uses the relatively new technique of merging multiple photos to get continuous focus throughout the depth of the image.

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