Last year I unwittingly went to Airlie Gardens in Wilmington during the festival.
Normally, I avoid crowds, preferring to soak up the peace and beauty in the quiet.
I wasn’t paying attention.
To my surprise the crowds were few and respectful of space.
Yes, I took photos of the azaleas and tulips.
But the live oaks draped in Spanish moss captivated me.
Most oaks here are hundreds of years old.
The Airlie Oak is over 400 years old.
Live oaks are evergreen.
They shed their leaves twice a year as new leaves randomly shove off old leaves.
The transition is always green.
Live oaks have enchanted the South for centuries.
They are one of my favorite trees.