Graveyard Oaks

It was a long bus ride from Atlanta to Marine Boot Camp, Parris Island, that sticky June night in ‘75. As the moon peeked through the clouds I caught glimpses of grisly forms dripping ashen ooze.

Nothing in my Yankee background prepared me for the like; this was otherworldly. I have since become enchanted with live oaks. Nothing captures the spirit of the South like a gothic graveyard filled with intriguing headstones and moss-clad oaks dipping their branches low to the ground.

What tree is more worthy to watch over our dead? This stout yet graceful tree once protected colonial sailors from British cannonballs, and continues to preserve our Southern coasts. Follow us through a graveyard or two in the slideshow below (photos copyright Randy Cyr). 

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