LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

The Angel Oak Tree // Charleston, South Carolina // Destination Wedding Photographer Brooke Townsend

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

- Robert Frost -

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While visiting Charleston, I got to sneak off and pay a visit to the Angel Oak Tree which has been a dream of mine for about 10 years.

I’ve always had a deep appreciation for trees. And of course nature in general too. But to see this particular oak tree has been on my bucket list for a while. Because I’ve never seen an oak this big before! And to just think about how much this thing has seen and survived over the years is so mind boggling. I mean… it’s survived dozens of hurricanes, wars, disease… and is even (at least) twice the age of this country. Which… just blows my mind. Imagine if we could access the things this tree has seen over the hundreds of years it has been alive.

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The tree is estimated to be about 400-500 years old. Though, some believe it’s even older than that. It stands 66.5 ft tall, measures 28 ft in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet. The longest branch measures in at 187 ft and the branches coming off the trunk look like trunks of other trees. This tree is such a life force because walking around and climbing through it’s twisted branches, so many other living things are using this tree as a home. And it almost felt like Hometree from Avatar.

We got there just before the park opened to go and see it. And a storm had just passed through and that hot Carolina summer sun started streaking through the leaves and branches causing the raindrops to evaporate giving me the most magical light to play with in that forest.

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Pro Trip: If you want to go visit the tree, go early to beat the crowds. You can’t go any earlier than opening time at 9am since it does have a huge military style fence around the park. But going there right at open had the least amount of people making this actually possible to photograph :)

Our New England Road Trip // Ohio Photographer Brooke Townsend

Holy cow. This trip was one for the books.

In November of 2018, we packed up the car for our first road trip as a family for a total of 15 days. Over the course of those days we traveled 2800 miles, stayed in 10 different states, and 2 countries all with a 2 year old in the backseat. And, you might think we are crazy for even thinking about doing this. And we thought we might be for even thinking about doing a trip like this while Leo was still so little!

BUT, Leo did SUCH an amazing job. Being his momma, I was honestly expecting the worst - late and sleepless nights, meltdowns, too much junk food and sugar rushes (def a reality there) and anything else you can think of. But he loved this and did better than we ever expected *insert clap emojis here*

Leo has struggled with his speech for a long time (As many 2 year olds actually do). But during this trip, Leo doubled the amount of words he could say and seemed to be more curious about everything than ever before. And with undivided attention from both me and Paul, we all grew closer together. Which was so necessary after such a busy photography season of mine. So, this was a magical trip for our little fammy jammy because of it.

I had so much fun documenting this trip because it was such a wonderful embrace of creative freedom to shoot only what I really wanted to. With all the diverse landscapes, buildings, and experiences we had together, these images will probably be some of my favorites I’ve ever taken for the rest of forever because when I look at them, I will always be able to remember all the wonderful memories attached to every single one of these. And hope that I can never, ever forget this one.

 

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO

WHITE MOUNTAINS, NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA

LUBEC, MAINE

BAR HARBOR AND ACADIA
NATIONAL PARK IN MAINE

PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS

PLYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS