Beautiful old trees, currently safe from development
These big, beautiful oaks grow at the edge of a small field within the city limits of Hopkinsville, KY. This photograph was taken from the Aldi's parking lot. The trees grow on a knoll, just above Little River.
I was worried about these trees six or eight years ago when someone bought the lot just to the north of them and constructed the building you can see at the left in the photo. Their roots were surely disrupted by the activity, but they have survived.
As it turns out, the gentleman who put up the building also bought the lot where the trees stand. He didn't want anyone else to buy it and cut the trees down. I'm glad that the oaks in the photo are protected for now by someone who appreciates them.
I have stopped and examined some of the other big oaks that grow in this field a little farther down the road, and I believe them to be Southern red oaks (Quercus falcata.) I've always thought that the oaks in the photo are probably Southern red oaks too, though I've never had a chance to look at them closely.
The field is for sale, so the future of the other big oaks that grow in it is uncertain. I don't think that Hopkinsville has a tree ordinance to protect trees like these. They are at the mercy of the landowner, though they enhance the quality of life of all who live in Hopkinsville.