Friday, June 1, 2012


This California white/valley oak (Quercus lobata) has seen better days.

(Click to enlarge - but it's not pretty)

Atascadero, CA.  I'm assuming it lost its main stem in a storm or lightening strike, but that's an interesting piece of pruning where the main leader used to be.  Part of me is glad someone made a decision not to remove the tree.  Part of me (the professional urban forester part) wonders about the wisdom of leaving a rotting trunk with two poorly connected branches standing.  Over a park-and-ride lot.  Next to the bus stop.

The tree does remind me of something, but I can't my finger on it.  Now I remember:  my hair line.

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