Monday, August 20, 2012

Tree of Life

California white oak (Quercus lobata), Chimney Rock Rd, Paso Robles, CA.

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Is there any organism on the planet that, pound for pound or acre for acre, supports as much life - in terms of diversity and volume - as the oaks?
I counted 15 wild turkeys under this tree, feasting on early dropping acorns.  Standing amidst the turkeys were three large does which bounded gracefully away just as I pulled to a stop (and yes regular readers, I actually pulled to a stop this time before shooting the photo - big mistake ;-).

And if you look closely in the reflection of the windshield of my Dodge pick up you can see the ghosts of the humans - the indigenous people of California's central coast - that were smart enough to take their place beside the wild turkeys, deer, squirrels, jays, woodpeckers, etc etc etc and take sustenance from these Trees of Life.

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