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.