Old and Magnificent

10 Top Live Oaks in Louisiana

William Guion

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Selecting Louisiana’s Top 10 live oaks from the thousands of magnificent specimens of Quercus virginiana species across the state is a bit like choosing the Top 10 bowls of gumbo. It’s completely subjective. A few are obvious choices, with a reputation and familiarity that transcends personal taste. But then there are others that ask for inclusion because of their striking beauty, unusual shape or simply because of the circumstances of weather and light that helped me successfully translate onto film the unique personality of a specific tree. In the three decades that I’ve photographed Louisiana’s live oaks, almost everyone I speak with has a favorite tree, and I will recognize those when space allows. With this caveat, here is my selection of Louisiana’s Top 10 oaks.

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Reader Comments:
Mar 9, 2011 12:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

One of the many, many reasons I love Louisiana.

Mar 9, 2011 12:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

One of the many, many reasons I love Louisiana.

Mar 9, 2011 01:41 pm
 Posted by  Stewman

Great series of pictures. Will make day trips in the spring to try my hand at some amateur photgraphy. Can't wwait.

Mar 9, 2011 02:00 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

This is my favorite tree and I just love your photographs.
We hung you on the Ladder.

Thank you so much.
Editilla~New Orleans Ladder
http://noladder.blogspot.com/

Mar 9, 2011 05:01 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Currently living in Colorado and this article has REALLY made me homesick! I miss the oaks terribly.

Apr 17, 2011 08:48 pm
 Posted by  chessie1959

Very nice old oaks from across our state, my great grandparents once owned an old plantation between Lafayette and Sunset called "ROSA PLANTATION". It also has an old live oak that is at least as old as the main house which would put it around 175 yrs old, the house was built in 1836. The Lafayette Daily Advertiser wrote an article on the house years back.

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