Sunday, January 06, 2008

Like a Gorgon

Perhaps I have been steeped in classical literature for too long, but the trees (water oaks, I believe) in Audubon Park look like Gorgons to me. My eldest says the trees remind her of Grandmother Willow from Disney's Pocahontas.

3 comments:

dragon knitter said...

was it a water oak or a live oak? is there a difference? i saw all kinds of trees like that in georgia (we went to the savannah area) and my brother said they were live oaks.

Sarabeth said...

Hi Dragon Knitter. According to the Eastern Trees Peterson Field Guide, any evergreen oak can be called a live oak, which means many of the southern oaks are "live oaks". Unless I have a leaf in front of me along with an acorn, I wouldn't be able to tell. This could be a water oak or a Virginia live oak. There are other options, however, but it would take more study.

I am so used to the twisted, low growing live oaks from coastal Florida, that I doubt this is the same species as can be seen in southern and coastal Georgia. However . . .

Elle said...

That is a live oak, water oaks in New Orleans don't develop the root system it takes to hang out in the humidity, so a lot of them grow to a certain age (usually thirty years old or so, ) and then topple onto the nearest structure during a thunderstorm or other wind event. Live oaks are slower growers, and the spreading roots are more apt to handle the occasional hurricane or windy storm happening in the spring.