Friday, January 8, 2016

The Big Bur Oak

Three years ago, we made a summer trip to Columbia, Missouri to see where our son was in graduate school. At that time, he took us on a little driving tour of the area and out to see the big champion oak.

On this last trip out for graduation, we were able to take a similar drive to show his brother the area. This time, it was December and the tree was bare and each limb was defined on this gray day.

This is the only good way I know to get a sense of the proportion of the tree.

The tree is reported to be over 300 years old. That means the settlers in the covered wagons headed west may have also seen this same tree. They probably were not the ones who sprayed it with graffiti.

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