Wednesday, 30 March 2011

GIG #88 - Hump the Sky

GIG #88 @ New Orleans City Park/1225 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA. Select repertoire:
Strange Roots Improvisations
Take Five - Desmond
Prelude II , Book I, WTC - Bach
Strange Cajun/Zydeco Improvisations

New Orleans City Park: Performance in a live oak, courtesy of arborist Paul Crawford of Gulf Coast Urban Forestry.

The Park is home to the largest collection of mature live oaks in the world, some several hundred years old. There are several traits that make the live oak unique among oaks. It is evergreen, or almost so, because the old leaves drop about the same time as the new leaves appear in the spring. Thus, the name "live" oak. It has a distinctive low spread and form, almost sculptural. It is common to see mature trees with lateral limbs that reach the ground. Many old trees have a branch spread which is twice the height of the tree.

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