Oak Alley Plantation – Vacherie, Louisiana
On a recent business trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, I had some time to drive out to Vacherie to visit Oak Alley Plantation. I was looking for a grove of old Live Oaks as I love how they spread and grow low to the ground, somewhat similar to the banyan trees of the tropic Pacific and Indian ocean countries. After having “googled” live oaks in New Orleans, this was the top hit.And so I went prepared to take images of grand ole trees. I was surprised to find a museum dedicated to the discussion of slave life at the plantation. So I visited a few of the slave huts and the “Big House” and the fields in the background. Most people think of cotton as the primary crop, but this plantation grew sugar cane.
After some time looking around, I decided that it was time to take what I had come for, photographs of the old trees in all their glory. There were trees lining the back and front entrance. And the trees were what I wanted to see, big and gnarly.
I love the way that these trees grow, which is why I searched for this location, and I was not disappointed. Most everyone come to New Orleans and stays in the French Quarter. I was looking for something more than the French Quarter, and I got it!