Resilient Live Oaks Trees

I could spend a day sitting under a live oak tree looking up through its rich green leaves to see the sparkle of the blue sky above. Its branches' arms stretch far to provide shade, creating a place of shelter and comfort. This tree's best quality is not visible to the naked eye; it is the quality of resilience. The trees can live for centuries, and many in the US are over 1,000 years old. They withstand wind, hurricanes, salt from the ocean, fires, cold, and even snow. They lose their leaves for a brief moment while new ones emerge even fuller than before. They allow other vegetation to live and thrive on their long limbs. These trees generate reverence, a sense of place and are honored throughout the southern states of the US.

This series of images were all taken in Charleston, South Carolina. They were created using   in camera, single exposure, using various intentional camera movement techniques. Capturing these trees using intentional camera movement helps to showcase their beauty, grace and strength. 


Live Oaks Middletown Place, South Carolina

"When I am among the trees, especially the willows and the honey locust, equally the beech, the oaks and the pines, they give off such hints of gladness. I would almost say that they save me, and daily. I am so distant from the hope of myself, in which I have goodness, and discernment, and never hurry through the world but walk slowly, and bow often. Around me the trees stir in their leaves and call out, “Stay awhile.”The light flows from their branches. And they call again, “It's simple,” they say,“and you too have come into the world to do this, to go easy, to be filled with light, and to shine.” Mary Oliver 

Charleston South Carolina

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