Friday, August 2, 2013

An Oak Tree on the Windiing Oaks Farm


In 2002, Eugene Melnyk from Ontario, Canada purchased 1000 acres of the Mockingbird Farms horse farm in Ocala; he then renamed it Winding Oaks to reflect the fact that the property winds through numerous hills dotted with hundreds of oak trees.

Winding Oaks is a large and successful operation. Melnyk, who is the founder of the Biovail Corporation, now lives in the Barbados, but can often be found checking out the work at Winding Oaks.

Ocala has grown up around the farm which provides a beautiful rural-like oasis amidst a variety of residential subdivisions and businesses. It is located on one of Ocala busiest thoroughfares.

The oak tree above is a perfect symbol of this wonderful horse farm.

For more information on Winding Oaks and Mr. Melnyk, please click here.

20 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

Beautiful tree set in beautiful surroundings, beautifully captured!

Andy said...

Canadians love Florida. Is this the same Eugene Melnyk that owns the Ottawa Senators?
PS: I don't mean the political Senators... I mean the hockey team. ;)

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This reminds me of the giant canopies of the guanacaste trees hat we have amidst cattle ranches in northwest Costa Rica.

Birdman said...

Fine Fhoto!
A classic spreading oak.

magiceye said...

Love the composition!

Small City Scenes said...

Beautiful place. Oaks are a majestic tree. MB

Judy said...

what lucky horses to get to live there.

Sharon said...

What a beautiful oak tree. It would be fun to photograph at different times of the year.

RedPat said...

Hopefully it stays a farm! Lovely tree and green space.

Karl Demetz said...

Beautiful and big oak tree. It must be a wonderful place for horses and for people...

hamilton said...

@Andy, I believe so. didn't he also fart around with the Ontario Hockey League buying up teams then reselling them so that they all ended up moving around from one town to another?
Still, glad he has such a beautiful spot and has helped Ocala.

cieldequimper said...

Please don't let anyone ever cut that tree to build anything!

Kay said...

Do you know what kind of oaks these are, Lowell? Just wondering. I loved the rolling oak woodlands in California and these look just as beautiful (though our hills went golden dry in summer).

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

So is it open to the public? Don't answer, I'll click the links and see what I can find out.

Jack said...

Lowell, you have found a beautiful tree on a gorgeous farm. Lucky that a wealthy man owns it and keeps it in farmland/horse country instead of subdividing it and turning it into another gated community.

Randy said...

I love Oak trees.

Kalpesh Ajugia said...

I love the green surrounding and the way you captured the tree.. Beautiful. That surely is a huge property :-)

LOLfromPasa said...

You must go back and photograph this tree again. It is beautiful and expect that it looks different throughout the year. I vote for a return visit!

EG CameraGirl said...

It's important to keep large spaces alive with green. It's great that Ocala has such a space.

Halcyon said...

A fellow Torontonian!
I do like the name Winding Oaks and it looks pretty from this view. :)

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson