Ancient Angel Oak Tree

Ancient Angel Oak Tree

 “Angel Oak,” an ancient Southern live oak, is about 500 years old. It lives on Johns Island near Charleston, SC and is named from the Angel family plantation. Angel, an African American, was a landowner, and a slave owner, something seldom acknowledged in history books.

The Angel Oak reaches a height of more than 65 feet, has an astonishing trunk with a circumference of about 28 feet and provides shade for an area over of 17,00 square feet.


Ron Mayhew

Fine Art Photographer specializing in Still Life and Commercial Photography.

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  1. I so wanted to see this when we were in Charleston, but we didn’t have enough time and the weather was horrid! Beautiful, Ron! Happy holidays. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Sorry you missed the Angel Oak. It will be there the next time youโ€™re in Charleston.๐Ÿ˜Š Happy Holidays to you as well.

      1. I hope it will still be there, barring a hurricane or some other disaster! Thanks, Ron. ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Iโ€™m betting it will out last us all.๐Ÿ˜Š

  2. Live oaks are amazing trees and subjects for photography.

    1. Yes, they are but can be a photographic challenge. Thanks for your comment

  3. Two things that are not discussed in American history. One black ownership of slaves. And second how they dealt with the issue. As for the Angel Oak I think it is one of the most understated about how nature Can last for decades and yet be underestimated in its natural evolution in the change of the local history.

    1. You are so right. Black ownership of slaves is seldom if ever discussed. We tend to take nature for granted to its and out detriment. Thanks for your comment

  4. Beautiful photo and beautiful tree. Thank you for sharing.

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