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I have always loved the way old trees, especially Live Oaks, arch over roads and lawns.
Every time I drive toward Edisto Island, the loveliness of moss-draped limbs hanging overhead gives me goosebumps.
Years ago it was such a thrill to walk under the magnificent trees in front of Oak Alley Plantation near New Orleans, that iconic scene that I had looked at wistfully in magazines for years.
Both of these places are examples of tree tunnels, roads or paths with trees on both sides forming a canopy overhead.
This tunnel effect may be achieved by formally planted, evenly spaced trees or by a more natural random placement.
In either case, they can be breathtakingly beautiful, as you can see for yourself with a quick Google search.
Among those making the world’s “most stunning” list are these:
Having seen captivating pictures of these and other tree tunnels, I think I should revise my “bucket list” to include seeing some in person.
Joanna Angle is a Master Tree Farmer and 2012 South Carolina Tree Farmer of the Year. Her Cedarleaf Farm in Chester County is a Certified Stewardship Forest and part of the American Tree Farm System.