Cary NC: Magnificent Oak Trees along Kildaire Farm Road

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Situated along Kildaire Farm Road near the Heart of Cary, NC, thousands of people drive by these magnificent oak trees daily, and I think many folks never see them.  They are twisted and contorted, and show the scars of generations of weather and storms.




They have been bothering me since the first of the year, when we moved our Keller Williams Realty offices into the Shannon Oaks office building.  I have been wanting to shoot photos of their gnarly branches against the Carolina Blue sky before they leaf out this spring.  Today I grabbed my camera and took advantage of the opportunity to collect a few million pixels.
65 degrees and blue sky.  How can you beat that?

Some of these senior citizens have trunks that are 6 feet thick, and their boughs may span as much as 120 feet wide.  And the greenery in the tops of a couple of them?  Mistletoe.

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Take a look at the Flickr Slide Show photos of these magnificent old oak trees:


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William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Mike, It is a good thing you  got them photographed today as Mother nature is at work getting ready to send out the " Time to Bud" notice and they will be lush with foliage in no time. 

Feb 16, 2011 12:50 PM #1
Richard Strahm
American Foursquare Realty - Lansdale, PA
Lansdale and North Penn Real Estate

Please do a follow up post when the tree is in full leaf.  And another when it is in it's autumnal glory!

Feb 16, 2011 12:57 PM #2
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


I have often admired the naked trees in the winder, and you are right ... it won't be long before the buds appear.

Feb 16, 2011 01:15 PM #3
Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC

Mike~ This tree certainly looks like it might have a story to tell....Love the photo!

Feb 16, 2011 01:45 PM #4
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


I was frustrated somewhat while enjoying the nice day, but was thinking about what a photographer of your talent would be getting from these trees.  I will need to go back when I have a little more time and work on composition.  There is so much going on there with texture and light and shadow.  It worked well to be there about 4:00 today with the sun a little lower and the light a little warmer.

Richard S,

That is the plan.  It is right outside the office door, so I will have a fair shot at it.

Richard W,

Had the same thoughts as I mentioned to William, wondering what someone with an eye like yours would have recorded.



Feb 16, 2011 01:50 PM #5
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

Mike  This is the time of the year to see them in the "raw"  Cary certainly has some very lovely oaks

Feb 17, 2011 10:31 AM #6
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate

Hi, Karen,

They will look pretty with fresh green popping out in a few weeks, too.

Feb 17, 2011 03:05 PM #7
Eleanor Thorne
Equity Resources - Cary, NC
Equity Resources 919-649-5058

They are one of our greatest treasures in Cary.  I thought about them when I read about that terrible person in who killed 130 year old trees in Auburn!

Feb 18, 2011 02:32 AM #8
Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


Any idea how old these giants are?

Feb 18, 2011 07:17 AM #9
Bill Laundon
Apex Cary Insurance - Fuquay Varina, NC

Great shots Mike. I imagine the buds and pollen will be coming in the next few weeks, but that is a small price to pay for such wonderful scenery. The trees in Wake County really are some of our greatest treasures.

Feb 20, 2011 11:07 PM #10
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