Maya Adkins' photo essay: Ancient oaks of Jacksonville

Published On: Jul 10 2012 05:54:26 PM EDT   Updated On: Sep 29 2012 03:48:49 PM EDT

Maya Adkins from the Art Institute presents a few gorgeous photos of one of the area's most symbolic and magical features: the ancient oak trees. Oak trees form so much of our forestry and municipal plantings while providing all-important shade, without which, Jacksonville would be unbearably hot.

Southerners are very fond of the old oaks, and Maya has taken pains to find some of the most ancient members of this tree for her photo essay.

Artist Statement: 

The Oak Trees of Jacksonville are a living history, the largest, Treaty Oak, is over 250 years old. The Oaks in this photo essay are found all across Jacksonville. From Old Kings to Mandarin, these trees can be seen lining roads, and the shadows of roads that once were. They shade parks, churches, and even gas station parking lots. We can all enjoy and appreciate these mighty links to our past.  

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