The Angel Oak- Charleston, South Carolina

If you’ve never been to Charleston, South Carolina I highly recommend that you go.  It is a very historic town with many old buildings, shops and cool things to do.  Unfortuntaely I was only there in the city for a few hours but it has a fantastic vibe to it, its own little culture and I’m sure the nightlife was just as good as what I saw during the day.  While I was there I was able to get close to the water and also hit a nice market on you guess it, North Market Street.  I definitely recommend checking it out.

Here is a picture that I snapped crossing the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge.  It provided some awesome views to either side and you could clearly see the Cooper river.

So while I was there visiting my sister, we did get to go out and visit the Angel Oak.  What an awesome sight!  When I was there standing in front of it, I could not help but think of Lord of the Rings!  This tree is like nothing you have ever seen!  It stands 65 feet tall, 26ft in circumference and covers 17,000 square feet.  Wikipedia claims it is 300 – 400 years old however the people that work in the gift shop think it is more along the lines of 1200 – 1500 years old.  Additionally, I found more websites that conclude the same.  If you check Wikipedia for the worlds oldest trees, it is listed as 1500 years old.

I took these pictures with my Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone 7.  Unfortuntaely I did not pay much attention to my exposure settings so a lot of light comes though.  If you hit this link, it will take you to many images of the Angel Oak which are much better than mine.  But if your going to Charleston, this is a nice relaxing stop and a must see! I would highly recommend going during the week as there will be less people there and you will probably be able to take a lot of pictures without all the people in them.

Since I’m now on the ancient tree kick.  I’ll probably hit up the Seven Sisters Oak next time I’m passing through Lousianna.  Looks like it is only about 35 miles from New Orleans.  Who knew!

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