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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 8 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Arthur Ravenel Bridge and Angel Oak Tree

 When staying in a lovely hotel and enjoying day after day exciting trips, time is FLYING...
Our departure day did arrive...
Just had to capture this Arthur Ravenel Bridge.
 So I crossed the Cooper River by car onto Mount Pleasant and turned right for standing behind Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston.
The height of the two pylons is 175 meters and the total length of the bridge is 4 kilometers. 
It is the 3rd longest such span for a cable–stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere.
The design is done with the frequent natural disasters in mind; the bridge can withstand gusts of wind in excess of 480 km/h and earthquakes rated 7.4 on the Richter Scale.
Taken while driving over the actual bridge...
There are 8 lanes, four in each direction and also lanes for pedestrians and cyclists.
What a marvel; it got opened in 2005.
In about half an hour, we arrived at St. John's Island at the ANGEL OAK TREE
It is HUGE and you can read more about it here: Angel Oak® | Charleston, SC – Official Website ←click link.
Circumference is 25.5 feet or 7.77 meter. 
It is the largest Live Oak Tree east of the Mississippi estimated to be 300 to 400 years old.
It is named after the owners Justus Angel and his wife, Martha Waight Tucker Angel whose family owned the land in the 1800s and 1900s.
Charleston County purchased the land in 1991.
Houmas House the Sugar Palace in Darrow, Louisiana | ←click previous post by me with huge Quercus Virginiana or Live Oak Trees
Oak Alley Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana | ←click previous post by me with huge Live Oak Trees
Same photo but now cropped...
Me in front of this giant wearing my Escada stretch pants and boots; seen here: →click {Happy with my Escada Stretch Pants}
It was quite dark from this giant!
Now Pieter stands in front of one of the branches that are laying down.
Do you see to the left those two wooden poles, to support these huge branches?
It is really hard to capture its enormous size...
Pieter wore his Zegna summer jeans.
There were lots of people when we were there.
Again, perfect blue sky.
Now the 3.5 hour drive home for picking up our tax papers at the CPA and for making it in time for early choir practice for Holy Thursday...
Below is the short Relive video from drive over bridge and to Angel Oak Tree; enjoy!
Got to cross the Cooper River and the Ansley River...

28 comments:

  1. Che ponte gigantesco,non ne ho mai visto uno di queste dimensioni!Buona domenica.

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    1. Cara Olga,
      Anzi un ponte gigantesco e non mi restava che attraversarlo per poi catturarlo dal basso.
      Abbracci,
      Mariette

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  2. Four kilometres? Wow. Wonderful engineering. And that tree ... can you imagine? 400 years old ... the stories it could tell.

    God bless.

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    1. Dearest Victor,
      Yes, that long! A marvel of engineering especially for withstanding hurricanes and earthquakes.
      In Louisiana there are lots of old live oak trees but this is the oldest on this side of the mighty Mississippi River. It knows a tale or two; no doubt!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  3. Dear Mariette, that really is a very impressive and strong bridge, and no doubt needed if there is a possibility of hurricanes or earthquakes. Oak trees never cease to fascinate me too, so old, and so Big! We do not see them here, but the wood seems to last forever. I wonder why they call it an 'Angel Oak' :).

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    1. Dearest Patricia,
      The Bridge was such a marvel and I loved to ride across and then taking this photos.
      These special evergreen oak trees; Quercus Virginiana are lovely trees one can find in the South here.
      Did add more information about its name, seems to be one of the land owner's names.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  4. Ese roble gigantezco, debe de tener muchos años de antigüedad. Ese puente bien moderno, abre un acceso muy bueno, para cruzar el río.

    Besos

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    1. Querida Antónia,
      Toda una maravilla de la ingeniería para diseñar un puente a prueba de terremotos y hurrican.
      El Quercus virginiana es una maravilla de ver. Debaten su verdadera edad y debe ser cerca de medio milenio.
      Abrazos,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Anne,
      Yes, now we have seen quite a series of huge Live Oak Trees!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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    1. Dearest Christina,
      Sure it is great to arrive safely home again, refreshed and filled with great memories!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  7. Wow what a bridge, thanks for showing it to us and those trees so big and beautiful

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    1. Dearest Jo-Anne,
      Yes, it was rather impressive and so visible from a great distance.
      It sure did draw me near to it...
      Oh, that tree is quite something to view!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  8. That bridge is indeed a marvel!

    And those tree are HUGE!

    So glad you shared these with us, Mariette.

    I always enjoy visiting your blog.

    (((hugs and blessings)))

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    1. Dearest Veronica,
      Thank you and yes, such a bridge needs to be seen and captured on photo.
      The Angel Oak Tree is another miracle for still being around.
      Visiting your blog is likewise a pleasure as you have excellent photos and always showing something of interest!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  9. wow big bridge :) Nice photos
    http://retromaggie.blogspot.com/

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  10. Liebe Mariette,
    ich bin ein Fan von der faszinierenden Brückenbautechnik und von alten Bäumen. Wow sind das Riesen.
    Liebe Abendgrüße von Traudi.♥

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    1. Liebe Traudi,
      Ja, so etwas ist sehr beindruckend! Wir sind froh um es gesehen zu haben.
      Ganz liebe Grüße,
      Mariette

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  11. Dearest Mariette,

    Oh my goodness, what a tree! And what a bridge! I don't know which has me more impressed, but I'm thinking the tree, for sure. Can you imagine - if it could talk, haha - what things it could tell us about what it has lived through? That would be so interesting!

    And I adore your pants! They look so stylish and comfortable! You know, you look like a very hip younger person in those. Cute!

    Hugs and blessings to you, my friend!

    Diana

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    1. Dearest Diana,
      Yes, that bridge is a human marvel in technology and the tree is one of Mother Nature's marvels.
      Thank you for the compliment and I love to be in comfy clothes when traveling.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  12. Massive Old Oak There - And What A Bridge - Travel On You Two Kids - Looking Forward To The Next Set Of Photos - Big Hugs

    Cheers

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    1. Dearest Travis,
      Yes, that Live Oak Tree sure was massive!
      And the bridge was quite a moment for crossing it.
      We enjoy doing this, in the sunshine.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  13. I love to see old growth trees like that. Amazing how they've survived even with all that humans throw at the natural world. I've been to Oak Alley; I think Houmas House, too, but can't really remember. Looks like you had an absolutely wonderful trip.

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    1. Dearest Tammy,
      Yes, it survived hurricanes and earthquakes and that for sure is not caused by humans. Wish we could control that...
      Oak Alley was also impressive and Houmas House but they lost several trees or limbs due to the hurricanes.
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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  14. Hello Mariette, Ravenel must be a Southern name. I have an old photo of William Ravenel's house in Charleston, and then there is the Civil War novel, Miss Ravenel's Conversion from Secession to Loyalty, although I believe those fictional Ravenels were from New Orleans.
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    Sorry about my difficulties in commenting lately--and explanation will come soon. Also, I see that Blogger seems to have a new commenting system. I'll have to see how it compares to what was there before.
    --Jim

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    1. Dearest Jim,
      Did not study his background but indeed it is a common name in Charleston, SC.
      Blogger is messing up once again. So many people seem to have trouble commenting.
      Hope you are doing well!
      Hugs,
      Mariette

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