Tuesday, April 2, 2013

An Allée in the Country

Not too far off Interstate 20 between Edwards and Bolton, Mississippi, lies one of my favorite country roads that winds its way through hundreds of acres of pastures and farm lands in rural Hinds County.  Then, out of the blue, you come upon a section of the road that is lined on both sides with glorious old oak trees, twisted and gnarled by age, but standing proud and creating a glorious canopy over the road for about half a mile. It is truly a sight to behold!

As you drive through the awe-inspiring tree tunnel, it's as if you have entered a peaceful sanctuary (especially during our hot and humid Mississippi summers) ... and every time I drive down that beautiful allée, I can't help but wonder who planted the oaks and when they planted them.

I took the next picture (from the other end of the tunnel) a couple of summers ago ...

I love this metal cross someone nailed to one of the oaks ... it looks as if it's glowing.

I like to imagine that the original allée once led to a grand plantation home which is long gone with the wind ... and, perhaps, much later in time, the descendants of the plantation owner came along and preserved it with a coat of blacktop and the simple curbing.

I enjoyed my drive through the countryside  ... and especially enjoyed spending some time capturing forever in pictures those twisted old oaks as they were on this beautiful April morning ... their twisted black trunks and limbs standing out in sharp contrast to their new spring green leaves.  


racheld said...

Let's stroll that path someday, you and I.


Tonja said...

I think it is so serendipitous when I come upon one of those little sections of road that so obviously belong in an earlier time! Living in the South, they pop up every once in a while! So, so beautiful!

Do you do Pinterest? Well, if you do...I have several pages on there. One of those is a Page called 'Stay On the Path'. And, it is filled with pictures of little alley ways and paths. You may enjoy seeing them.

Tonja said...

PS,,I want to stroll with you and Rachel!

Beth said...

Please add me to the stroll! This is beautiful. I also wonder sometimes about earlier times and what a piece of property was like and who may have lived on it and improved it! I can't wait to get to Mississippi again!

Southern Lady said...

What fun it would be to stroll down that allée with you ladies, and then we could have lunch at Walnut Hills in Vicksburg ... they have the best fried chicken in the whole wide world. Well, on second thought ... perhaps we should have lunch first and then take our stroll under the oaks.

Stacey said...

How beautiful! Wish I loved long road trips. That would be a beautiful drive.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, this is breathtaking. Absolutely breathtaking. Thank you for sharing it with us.