~ one of Virginia's oldest and largest white oaks (Quercus alba)~
Today as I left my father's home I couldn't resist pulling off, and capturing this wonderful oak in the snow - I've photographed this tree before as I was leaving Earlysville and my parent's home. I didn't leave early - and I stopped in southern Virginia and had lunch with one of my mom's sisters. She and her family have farmed for years and years, and I left their home with the largest head of cabbage that I have ever seen, a bag filled with collards (and they promised me that it was just 'one' collard) and two heads of brocolli. There son is taking over the farm now - and I spent some time with him, discussing new 'crops' and ways they could diversify. They feed my hidden (or not so hidden) desire to be a farmer.
(I-95 was simply delightful today - as delightful as I-95 can be on the Sunday after Christmas.)
Recently I saw over at The Queen of Seaford a great video on Virginia trees - and tonight seems an appropriate time to say thank you to Janet for bringing this video to my attention - and to share it with you. It was the result of a Virginia Tech effort, 'The Remarkable Trees of Virginia Project' - I bet the book is quite beautiful. Enjoy!