Angel Oak

During my families recent Spring break trip to see some friends in southern Georgia I decided it was a good idea to make a stop off in Charleston SC. for some photography fun. We only stayed for a couple of days so my time was limited. I had a few ups and downs on this trip but those stories will be told later (maybe)! One of the highlights though was the Angel Oak. I have been wanting to see this tree for some time now but have never been in the area or had time. The tree is pretty amazing and a true testament to the beauty that Mother Nature can and will create if we just leave her alone. However when we arrived to the tree I must say i was a little disapointed with all the sighns that declared no tripods to be used there. With little else to do but walk around the tree and look for an appropriate hand held shot to take I was off. The light was harsh due to the fact that there was little cloud cover and the park did not open till 9a.m.. Even for it being only a few minutes past the 9a.m. mark dodging people to get the shot proved difficult, but oh well I was going to enjoy it anyway. After finding the shot I wanted to take, I waited for people to clear out enough to make it happen. People filtered in and out rather regularly, so I took the opportunity when it seemed like the changing of the guards was happening. After getting the shot I was able to talk to one of the grounds keepers that was very helpful. He told me if I would like to come back in the morning right at nine he would allow me to use a tripod and keep the people at bay for a few minutes. Unfortunately I was not able to make it back as I had planed to due to some of the other happenings during this trip, but I will explain later! 

Angel Oak, Charleston SC. Photo By Michael Donahue

Angel Oak, Charleston SC. Photo By Michael Donahue