On Friday we hiked a trail along a creek near Los Osos, CA. A couple miles out we encountered a mammoth & perfectly formed coast live oak (Q. agrifolia) that I decided to make my new favorite oak tree. Then a couple of minutes later we saw one WAY more awesome than that one. (I know, I know. This is the 137th favorite oak tree I have mentioned on this site. What's Chris's favorite oak tree? The last oak tree he saw.)
But this one is truly awesome. Spectacular. A colossus. This monster has branches that swoop down to the ground, go completely subterranean, then emerge again several feet later. This tree nourished generations of people. This tree... Did I mention I forgot my camera?
Good excuse to take that hike again. We went in search of wildflowers but blossoms are sparse this year due to a very dry "winter" (as a Minnesota native any reference to "winter" in coastal California will always have quotation marks noting the oxymoron). I found something even better, and forgetting the camera gives me a good excuse to go see it again.