Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Oaks of Righteousness

I have always had a fascination with trees. Mature trees have a majestic quality and a presence of nobility. They stand silently watching over us throughout the years. They can see generations of people come and go in their life time. These particular trees are called live oaks. They are commonly found in the southeast of the U.S. I made this photograph about twenty years ago on Sapelo Island off the coast of Georgia. It is a historical place dating back to the early European settlers. The only way to get to the island is to take a ferry boat from the mainland. The island is now mostly owned by the state except for a few remaining families who are direct descendants of the original slaves that worked the island plantation. The only way to stay on the island is to rent a room from one of these remaining families who live in the community of Hog Hammock. We were able to spend a week on the island with a family in their modest home, enjoying their hospitably and southern cooking.

                            " They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."
                                                                                                                                                                      Is. 61:3


1 comment:

  1. I know what you mean about trees. Everywhere we travel we have a favorite species. Live Oaks like yours in the southeast. Maples in the northeast, cypress in the south and Redwoods and Sequoias in the west. There are others but you get the idea. I too can't help but take photos of this wonders. One of the things we have been doing while traveling is checking for the champions in different states. Always something to look forward to.