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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 : “The Fan” – Schönbrunn by m-ltitze by m-ltitze

Exploiting the triangular form of the bosquet, the fan consists of eight axial paths separated from each other by high, meticulously clipped hedges and radiating out from a quadrant-shaped alcove in the hedge. At the outer end these axes are connected by a curving path.
At the narrow end of the fan (my pov) is a statue of Diana, goddess of the hunt, which corresponds to the figure of the sun-god Apollo standing at the center of the curving hedged walk in the bosquet known as The Archer that lies opposite. Both of these figures were executed by Hagenauer after famous classical models: the Apollo in the Vatican Museum in Rome and the Diana at Versailles, today in the Louvre. via Tumblr http://ift.tt/1NC8mn6
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New on 500px : En cherchant de belles coquilles by shiggernackihoo by shiggernackihoo

En cherchant de belles coquilles entre les vagues… via Tumblr http://ift.tt/1jvAdOL