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Old 03-23-2019, 09:21 PM
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When it was born Ramses II was rulling the ancient Egypt and Moses was crossing the Red Sea and it took more than 1300 years for Jesus to be born.

It's the oldest known olive tree in my country and it still produces olives (I have some in my pocket)

Took these photos today. As this is located near my hometown, I decided to visit it.

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Old 03-23-2019, 09:44 PM
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That is truly amazing! The grain of the wood is beautiful. One picture almost looks like a face. Is that you in the picture? Thanks for sharing this!
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Old 03-24-2019, 06:04 AM
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Yes, Carol. It's me in the photo. I didn't meant to embelish the picture but I wanted to provide a scale for the tree size.
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It was a good reference for scale. Thank you for sharing, it's amazing!
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rbarata, thank you so much for sharing those photos! What an awe-inspiring story of life and such a beautiful tree. The close-up photos of the trunk are amazing. How fortunate you are to be close enough to visit it.
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That is one amazing tree. And still growing so well, despite the huge cavity in the middle. Contortions of the trunk are just fantastic. Wouldn't that be a fun place to mount orchids?
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That tree looks like it would be a good place for a tree fort. Tree forts are awesome.
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Wow. That is one amazing, historic tree.
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Since this post has been brought up again, I have to comment on how amazing that tree looks! I'm always in awe of such old trees, which provide a living link to a human history so ancient that we can't even imagine what life was like back then.

I sincerely hope that the Xylella fastidiosa wreaking havoc in European olive tree plantations will not reach Portugal (if it isn't there already) and that amazing tree. It would be beyond tragic to lose it.
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Old 06-20-2019, 07:52 AM
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I sincerely hope that the Xylella fastidiosa wreaking havoc in European olive tree plantations will not reach Portugal (if it isn't there already) and that amazing tree. It would be beyond tragic to lose it.
It is already here but, so far it has been detected only in Lavanda bushes, not in olive trees.
It can kill not only olive trees but also vineyards, coffee plantations, etc.
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