Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lake Griffin State Park for Good fences

What might you see if you hike some of the trails at Lake Griffin State Park?

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Dead River feeds into the lake and it’s beautiful!

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But what brings many people to this park is this ancient Live Oak Tree.

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Follow the nature trail to see the 2nd largest Live Oak tree in the State of Florida, estimated to be 300 – 500 years old according to the Florida Parks website HERE

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It is GIGANTIC!

It really is hard to get a photo to really show what you are seeing!

Hubby stood in front of it. He’s 6 ft tall and slender but he looks like a little kid standing there.

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I look tiny! hahaha!

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What a wonderful place to spend the day!

I’m joining Tex for the

Good Fences party!

46 comments:

ann said...

I am smiling and thinking I should visit Florida. Here it has rained for over a week with another week of rain for us. We are wondering where the sun went. My brother has live oaks on his place in Texas, near Austin. What wonderful, iconic tress they are. Have a great week.

Deborah Montgomery said...

What a gorgeous old tree! Amazing to think it was there during the Revolutionary War, and maybe even during Columbus's time!

bj said...

You and your sweetie find the most interesting places to hike. That tree is so beautiful

September Violets said...

Such an amazing oak tree!! Wow! I love seeing old trees, it really makes you think about history and what has happened in our world since these trees were just young.
Wendy

eileeninmd said...

Hello Diane, lovely images from your visit to the Lake Griffin Park. The Oak tree is gorgeous, I love these big old trees. Have a happy day!

Montanagirl said...

That "is" a wonderful place - and I LOVE that tree!!

Linda Walker said...

Wow Diane, that is one very large tree! I love photographing trees. But this one: what a beauty! Everything always looks so lush and green in Florida! We had a frost warning last night and it will be even cooler overnight tonight, grrrr and brrrr! Enjoy the day Diane!
Xo
Linda

Christine said...

It is GIGANTIC! Makes you both seem like Lilliputians!
What a fab place to visit!

Margaret Adamson said...

WOW! That tree is HUGE! beautiful reflections adn fences. A lovely place.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wow! Love that tree and good to see you out and about!
hugs,
Linda

Linda H said...

Wow, that is quite the tree! I love big old trees too... if only they could talk...

TexWisGirl said...

that is truly an amazing tree! long may it survive!!! beautiful area, diane!

carolann said...

I love trees and this is a real spectacular one. Lucky you to be there to view it and be viewed by us.

Great day to spend time.

Vee said...

Wow! How huge! You are tiny! Glad to see that you are out and about once more. I thought of you doing such a number on yourself when I opened the car door on my face...have been swollen and bruised for a week. I have no idea how I managed that!

Have a super day, Diane!

Felicia said...

Oh Wow how gorgeous is that tree. love the spanish moss on it too.

great images.

Stacey said...

That's one amazing tree! How beautiful. :)

Kim Orcutt said...

Wow, that is a really BIG tree!! Great pictures :)
Kim

Ida said...

The trail and fence leading to the tree is lovely. That is one impressive tree!

Linda Kay said...

Great idea to stand by the tree for a picture to give us a really good view of the size of that tree. Awesome!

Musings from Kim K. said...

What a fabulous tree! You really do have magnificent outings and lovely places to visit in FL.

Diane said...

Wow! How impressive. Neat to see!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

That tree is jaw-dropping! Looks like you never run out of beautiful places to see there.

Helen Philipps said...

Lovely images, so green and beautiful! What a wonderful old tree....so huge! You have such amazing places to hike there, Diane :)
Happy weekend.
Helen xox

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Such a spectacular tree!
~

JG said...

What an interesting looking tree, Diane!
~Judy

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

WOW look at the size of that tree. With tiny you next to it you can really see the size. It is just beautiful.
Great post!! Hope you're feeling better.
Hugs, CM

LV said...

Walking there would afford you with many pretty sights.

Debbie said...

ooooh that is a huge tree!!! the stand next to's really helped in showing off the size!! looks like a great place!!!!

Back In Thyme Primitives said...

Those trees are so huge. The pictures are awesome. Thanks for sharing!

Carola Bartz said...

That's an impressive tree. It reminds me of the 1000 (yes, one thousand) year old oaks in Ivenack, Germany. Those trees are just fabulous.

NanaDiana said...

OH- Isn't that just a gorgeous old tree?
Diane, have you ever gone to the Crystal River area and taken a canoe (you can rent them) down the river? It is a fantastic journey and the river is slow and not very deep in many places. I think it is the Crystal River park? Could be wrong. xo Diana

Nancy's Notes said...

Oh my heavens, what a gorgeous park and that tree is absolutely awesome! Lucky you to have another wonderful place to visit!

Nancy

Shug said...

The entire area looks so pretty and green. Is that Fresh water? I'm guessing it is. Enjoy your Holiday weekend....Be safe..

Kathy said...

Hi Diane,
I am catching up on my blog reading and glad to see you are back out and about on your adventures!
Thank you for stopping by my blog, too. Blogger didn't deliver it to my email so I'm tardy on responding. I don't know if you have been to the Oregon coast or not but it really is very different from what you have. We take out winter coats along, even in August, because you never know what you will get. Beautiful to look at, for sure!

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Amazing tree - and a beautiful park.

Marie C said...

What fun to see your ancient live oak, when I posted an ancient southern Oak!

LV said...

I agree with you, a perfect place to spend the day. Take you time and enjoy the miracles from nature.

Lorrie said...

What an amazing tree! I think of all the history that has passed since the tree began growing.
You do find great places to adventure.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That's a gorgeous tree. I love the old south look of lve oaks. And of course any time something makes me look tiny, that makes me happy ;))).

Sam I Am...... said...

Thank you for standing in front of it or I would never have dreamt it was SO BIG! Wow! Amazing!
Looks like a great place to hike.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

What gorgeous pictures. Your time there must have been so enjoyable. Loved to see the big tree !

Wishing you a beautiful day.
Brenda

Deb~Paxton Valley Folk Art said...

Beautiful park!

handmade by amalia said...

Enjoyed the walk!
Amalia
xo

Arlene said...

What a great gift!!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

The Live Oaks are amazing, lovely trees!! This one is awesome!! Can you just imagine all the history this tree has been part of and witnessed!!! Bet there is some great fishing in the Dead River and Lake Griffin!!

edenhills said...

Beautiful fence, and that tree is amazing!