Details of a “ghost” oak along a canal near Lake Hermitage in South Louisiana. Trees like this were once sustained in brackish marsh by a fresh water bayou, but have died off since that was blocked.

A ghost oak next to marsh grass near Lake Hermitage
The top of what remains of an oak tree in the marsh
Lines and textures of a "ghost" oak tree still standing near Lake Hermitage in South Louisiana
Light penetrates the lines of the wood that remains standing from a dead oak tree
Tide lines soak the base of a dead oak tree