Category Archives: Travel

Angel Oak, Johns Island, S.C.

During a recent trip to Charleston, South Carolina I located and photographed a Southern live oak tree called  “The Angel Oak Tree” that I had heard about.  I wonder if it’s one of the oldest  living trees in this country because of its size.  Could it possibly be 1500 years old?


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The Angel Oak Tree is a Southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park, on Johns Island near Charleston in South Carolina. The Angel Oak Tree is estimated to be in excess of 1500 years old, stands 66.5 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2). From tip to tip Its longest branch distance is 187 ft. The Angel Oak Tree is thought to be one of the oldest living things in the country. The land where the Angel Oak Tree stands was part of Abraham Waight’s 1717 land grant. The City of Charleston now owns the property.” Source:

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 17, 2012


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Mt. Evans, Colorado USA

The first day of  the Winter Solstice in the United States will land on December 21, 2012. And, I somehow hope it’ll “snow” where I live this year. Guess, I better start looking for my gloves and boots.

When I visited  Mt. Evans in Colorado three years ago there was still “snow” on the ground in July.  I can still remember how cold and windy it was at the top.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, December 9, 2012

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Travel theme: Liquid

Sometimes you don’t have to travel far to photograph liquid when it is frozen. Even though it doesn’t snow much in Atlanta, it does get cold and ice forms around water fountains in front of the mall.

These are my ice sculpture photographs taken on December 28, 2010, one of the coldest days in winter.

Note: This posting is inspired by Ailsa from  Where’s my backpack  when she asked  everyone to create our own post and title it “Travel Theme: Liquid”.  I hope everyone likes mine.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, November 27, 2012


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Photography: Autumn in Western North Carolina

It’s early when you get up at 5:30 am and leave the house an hour later for a weekend in the mountains of Western North Carolina. I’ve driven for a couple of hours and it’s still early when I pull over to take this photograph of the fall foliage.

It’s 8:30 am.Time to stop at my favorite apple house for a hot cup of coffee and apple turnover before crossing the North Carolina state line. I’m their first customer.

 I took the nature walk along the river in Murphy up to the old railroad overpass.

Now it’s back on the road again. Driving towards the Great Smoky Mountains.

My first stop is at the Patton’s Run Overlook in the Nantahala National Forest.

 River rafting on the Nantahala river before driving to Cherokee to visit Indian Museum.

 The next town is Bryson City, North Carolina where we stop for lunch.

Took a walk in the forest and saw this nice green plant among the fall leaves.

It was a great day for fly fishing in a mountain stream in Cherokee, North Carolina for one fisherman.

The next day it’s time to make that long drive home.  The Blue Ridge Mountains are almost as blue as the sky today.

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, October 21, 2012


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