live oaks

the live oak trees here are absolutely breathtaking.

their branches are more like extra trunks that twist upwards and create an amazing canopy. 

i love how their trunks and branches bend and twist. they grow close to the ground - making perfect branches for sitting or hanging swings on. and they're so easy to climb! i couldn't help myself.

in doing some research i found out that back in the day they were used for making ships - builders would use the natural bends of the tree to add strength to the frame of a ship. plus, the tree has strong wood to begin with, so it was a good fit. 

they are also pretty iconic of the old south which made me remember one of my favorite movies of all time... 

"she taught me how to climb...i showed her how to dangle"

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