Quercus Simpervirens: Beth’s Travels on the Bartram Trail 28

William Bartram encountered the Live Oak nearly everywhere in his Travels. I have recorded one of his descriptions of the tree here for you:

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Live Oak Fractal by Beth Thompson

Live Oak Fractal by Beth Thompson. Click on the image for a larger view and to order prints.

Quercus sempervirens,

an evergreen oak tree growing in the southern-most portions of the United States. Typically they are draped with streamers of Spanish moss, and to me they have a regal appearance.

Live Oak Moss 329: William Bartram Series by Beth Thompson

Live Oak Moss 329: William Bartram Series by Beth Thompson. Click on the image for a larger view and to order prints.

Supporting Life…

As a child, and as an adult, I am fascinated by the life they support. Drawing close to the spreading branches, a green fur of tree ferns softly covers the bark of the branches. Lichens give the trunks a vari-colored appearance.

Live Oak Trunk 55: William Bartram Series by Beth Thompson

Live Oak Trunk 55: William Bartram Series by Beth Thompson. Click on the image for a larger view and to order prints.

Acorn Oil….

William Bartram reports that the Indians make a sweet oil out of Live Oak acorns. I wonder, what would Live Oak Acorn Oil sell for today at a health food store? Is this an untapped market?

Live Oaks grow along the marsh.

View of a savannah # 193: William Bartram Series by Beth Thompson

View of a savannah #193: William Bartram Series by Beth Thompson. Click on the image for a larger view and to order prints.

Live Oaks grow in the middle of barrier island forests.

Live Oak Avenue: William Bartram Series by Beth Thompson

Live Oak Avenue: William Bartram Series by Beth Thompson. Click on the image for a larger view and to order prints.

Live Oaks grow covered with Spanish moss.

Spanish Moss on Vines and Live Oak # 325: On the Bartram Trail by Beth Thompson

Spanish Moss on Vines and Live Oak # 325: On the Bartram Trail by Beth Thompson. Click on the image for a larger view and to order prints.

Live Oaks wear a fur of little green ferns.

Live Oak Arms 493: William Bartram Trail Series by Beth Thompson

Live Oak Arms 493: William Bartram Trail Series by Beth Thompson. Click on the image for a larger view and to order prints.

Live Oaks are regal.

Live Oak and Marsh 37: William Bartram Series by Beth Thompson

Live Oak and Marsh 37: William Bartram Series by Beth Thompson. Click on the image for a larger view and to order prints.

Live Oaks can be seen in different ways. Like this:

Live Oak Possible Perception 6051 by Beth Thompson

Live Oak Possible Perception 6051 by Beth Thompson. Click on the image for a larger view and to order prints.

Like this:

Savannah Possible Perception 6038 by Beth Thompson

Savannah Possible Perception 6038 by Beth Thompson. Click on the image for a larger view and to order prints.

And like this:

Possible Perception 6019: Spanish Moss Perception by Beth Thompson. Click on the image for a larger view and to order prints.

 *Opening Stanza from “The Slacks” by Trip Shakespeare.

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2 Responses to Quercus Simpervirens: Beth’s Travels on the Bartram Trail 28

  1. Marianne Parr says:

    You are always interesting, even when speaking in tongues. Your photographs are amazing. And the art you craft from them as well. I think you might well look into this Live Oak oil. I would like to try it. You know Georgia is recently developing an industry from Olive growing and Olive oil. Google Georgia Olive Oil. I think you are truly one cool chick with an amazing potential quotient. You’re gonna get it, no doubt.

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