This isn't strictly a "spring thing" except that we visited this in the spring.
Johns Island, one of the islands that partially surround Charleston, South Carolina.
The shade it casts measures over 17,000. square feet in area. The green blotches on branches are resurrection ferns
The Angel Oak's age is estimated as somewhere between 500 and 1500 years old.
We had never heard of the Angel Oak. We heard about it from a native, who said "you just have to see this; it is so peaceful." Apparently this is quite the attraction, as there were a number of other people there oohing and ahhing. On private property, it is free (there is a low key gift shop nearby), and there are even picnic tables nearby.
It was peaceful. It's hard to describe the feeling we had. Awe? Something more?
But, there is more to this story.
The Angel Oak is in danger from development. There are some online petitions to convince the City of Charleston not to allow the development, which appears to be for a development called - what else- Angel Oak Village. The Angel Oak may not be directly threatened, but there are other old live oaks in the area, and they will be.
I didn't find anything recent on this development, and hope that future generations will be able to feel the same awe as I did three weeks ago today.
Have you visited a natural place that made you feel especially at peace? Have you visited the Angel Oak?