A year ago I attended a wonderful conference in New Haven. While wandering the grounds I encountered some of the world’s most marvelous creatures… Quercus Rubra, otherwise known as Red Oaks.
These were stunning and complex organisms, stretching up to the sky and out to embrace the countryside. They were gnarly and persistent and powerful displays of life lived fully.
Limbs came off of the trunk at bizarre angles, making one wonder what they thought they were doing! The immense weight of these enormous arms is somehow held up, seemingly defying physics.
Pictured here is a red oak I nominated and just got listed on Connecticut’s Notable Trees. The average spread of the crown was almost 100 feet, making the area underneath about 7,200 sq. feet. These oaks can live up to 500 years.
It is notable how many humans come to revere these quiet giants as sacred souls, and protect them with ordinances. Just as we ban cruelty to animals, the taking of one of these lives should be done only in exigent circumstances, and only after all alternatives have been explored.
Standing next to this tree I felt I was in the presence of a hallowed saint.