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New on 500px : Southern Live Oak by DavidSmith30 by DavidSmith30

This beautiful Southern Live Oak image was captured in Charleston, South Carolina. via Tumblr http://ift.tt/1SoamWj
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New on 500px : __Slumber by A. Eusser__ by RainerKersten by RainerKersten

In the forest near Vaals You can find several ancient graves. At one of them You can find the brass statue of a child. it’s called Slumber and it is made by A. Eusser as far as I know. The grave it self is from between 2000 and 800 bc. via Tumblr http://bit.ly/1Ne1IpF
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New on 500px : The Fairchild Oak by JoeyCulver1 by JoeyCulver1

The Fairchild Oak, a southern live oak tree (Quercus virginiana), stands about 68 feet in height. Its limbs stretch outward about 300 feet. This tree is somewhere between 300 and 500 years old. Some of these limbs actually grow down into the soil and then remerge elsewhere.
In the elevated limbs, a number of airplants grow upon the Fairchild Oak’s sprawling limb system. One such plant is Spanish moss, Tillandsia usneoides. Spanish moss is not, in fact, a moss. It’s a rootless air plant that dangles from limbs and branches. Another common plant, also seen below, is resurrection fern, Pleopeltis polypodioides, a small evergreen that is also commonly found growing upon the live oak’s branches.

The live oak tree was instrumental in the early days of European settlement as its wood was ideal for hull construction of naval vehicles, specifically with hull planking. The curved nature of the live oak’s enormous, thick, and hard branches lent themselves well to the curved hulls of these ships. It wasn’t until the 20th century, when iron and steel became the dominant hull standard, that the live oak found reprieve.

This particular tree, the Fairchild Oak, survived the live oak industry of yesteryear. It also survived innumerable hurricanes, wildfires, and local battles and was likely growing when the United States Continental Congress published the Declaration of Independence far to its north. Today, it is protected in Bulow Creek State Park and stands as a reminder of Florida’s live oak longevity. via Tumblr http://ift.tt/1l85w29

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New on 500px : yuvacık by afgunes by afgunes

an old stone bridge near izmit yuvacık via Tumblr http://ift.tt/1MAL1lV