Airlie Oak

Photography by: Lori Harris

Over 500 years old and if trees could talk! The Airlie Oak is profound! She is a queen in her court. She hosts Wilmington’s most prestigious parties and has graced the banks of Bradley Creeks ecosystem with a grand signature and character.


Stand amongst her branches and you yearn to near her foundation and trunk. Possibly to be amazed at her reach, shade and life she bring to her neighborhood and visitors. The grass that surrounds her is velvet-like and her gardens rich and picturesque.


The Ugly Duckling -or not!

The most prominent symbols of a swan is that of beauty and balance. They are graceful and elegant in both water and air. They are monogamous in nature and protectors of their space and relations.

My connection is intuitive and spiritual with swans. I seem to be able to coexists with them in their space and am able to connect without threat of the chase or retrieval. Their movements are curious at first, then they begin to close in, closer as if to welcome me to their home. I sit and watch and photograph their water dances and listen to their conversations. I loose track of time…I am mesmerized and at peace.


Photo by: Lori Harris Photography

A true gift of harmony and beauty!