Trees Part 8

Trees Part 8

Trees Part 8

Meeting a giant at Big Tree Park in Longwood, Fla.

Visitors pass through a lush, green canopy of unspoiled hydric hammock forest as they enter Big Tree Park. The sable palms, swamp maple, live oaks, ferns and magnolias offer a rare glimpse into a patch of old Florida that has been spared from development. The serene wetland scene is dwarfed by the “big tree”; the bald cypress named the Senator is 115 feet tall, 11 feet wide, with volume of 5,100 cubic feet. At 3,500 years old, it was sprouting during the Bronze Age, when Moses led the slaves into exodus, many years before King Tut would rule Egypt. It was a landmark for the Native American inhabitants of this area long before Europeans arrived.

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