World’s Oldest Olive Tree

While on a recent visit to Crete I went to see the tree that is said to be over 3000 years old. From this tree a branch is taken every 4 years to light the flame for the Olympic Games. The wind has shaped its trunk through the years which is not really its trunk, but its roots that have come up from underground to show us its gnarly beauty. Before it was discovered to be the oldest living olive tree, the people of the village used it as a chicken coop as it is Hollow and provides the perfect shelter. It is a tree of life.
I didn’t have too much time to draw it but I was glad for the short moments to see it and the surrounding landscape. Crete is such a beautiful place. Many places are still wild and untouched by the modern world. And just as this olive tree, it shows its roots proudly and you can feel the history of the place just by looking up at the mountains and down at the sea.

-Despina

See full post here: onedrawingaday.com2015-03-10.