Today I threw my camera gear into the car and literally asked God to lead me somewhere. It was another dreary day and rather uninspiring to say the least. I ended up in Carville, LA, about 25 miles south. In a peaceful setting I found myself admiring my favorite tree: the live oak. Live oaks are sturdy, strong, and possess great character with their low-hanging branches that sometimes touch the ground. The tree seems made for a child's swing or a cozy place to read a book. Finding a live oak isolated out in the open is a rarity. Usually there are nearby buildings or other competing elements.
This live oak is registered with the Live Oak Society and is named Maryland Farms Oak #3653. It is surrounded by an iron gate and either corn or sugar cane grows outside the fence perimeter. Beneath the massive oak are the remains of unclaimed prisoners from Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. Each has a small headstone with name, prison number, date of birth and date of death. You can see some of them on the lower left just beyond the gate.
Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come. (Chinese proverb)
17mm | f/8 | ISO 100 | 1/160 sec