A beautiful specimen in Ft. Tryon Park with a diameter at base of almost 2 meters.This is where it splits off into 3 major branches, Rainy day with wet and dry spots on the bark.
*Cannot get this to look on blogger the way it looks in photoshop - even when I take it to a ridiculously dark and contrasty setting in PS it still looks washed out here - the blacks aren't black enough and in this picture the tonality is especially important. Oh well.
UPDATE - SOLUTION FOUND:
Blogger is linked to google+ and Picasa in a convoluted way that I won't even try to explain. The important thing is that google+ has an image "auto enhance" feature that is on by default and applies to both google+ and Blogger images. I turned that off and re-uploaded the image with tones that look right on my monitor.