My wife – who by the way is a bit short, but NOT a midget (although I apologize to any readers who are, no offense intended!) stands next to an impressive live oak tree on our Brazoria County property. Looking at this tree always makes me feel better – no matter my mood!
Finally got around to measuring this tree. Circumference is 16 feet, 8 inches! That puts the diameter (circumference divided by 3.14) at 63.7″, or 5.3 feet. There is an accepted formula to ESTIMATE the age of large trees which multiplies the diameter in inches at about 4.5 feet above the ground times a set “growth factor” for the species of tree, The GF for live oaks is 5.0, by which my “Big Tree” would be an estimated 318 years old!
Those who tell me I am “older than dirt” may be onto something, but I am NOT older than this tree! It is common to think something like “Oh, if this tree could talk, the tales it could tell!”, but since this one has always been back in thick woods, it may have had a long, rather boring life?
Guess we’ll never really know?