In 2015, after 30 years of pointing a camera lens at oaks, and with a growing sense that the state was fast losing its oldest trees each year to urban development and storms, I focused my efforts on documenting the very oldest live oaks
still to be found, trees with a girth of 30 feet or more.
The live oaks
along the bay were so thick with poison ivy that Wheeler hired professional climbers who spent more than a month picking off every vine.
GLANCE AT ANY MAP of California and you see how oaks have marked the state, dotting it with oak-inspired town and city names: Encino and Encinitas (the live oak
again), and Paso Robles (Oaks Pass, but this time roble, Spanish for the valley oak).
prodigiosa (live oak
grove), and the last one was found in a T.
One raccoon would not consume pods of mesquites during the trials, two raccoons refused acorns of live oaks
, and only one raccoon attempted to consume acorns of Shumard oaks.
The good news is that many of the live oak
, hackberry and cypress that look dead are starting to rebud.
Although 94% of all nests found were in live oaks
, percentages of trees used were similar in both species categories ([X.sup.2] = 0.513, 1 df, P = 0.474), and White-winged Dove nests were distributed among species classes in proportion to their availability ([X.sup.2] = 3.043, 1 df, P = 0.081).
The deer graze under the pecan and live oaks
along the fairways while black and grey fox squirrels stare down from the limbs, showing off their two-toned faces and perky fox-like ears.
Hurricane Katrina left little unscathed in her destructive path, including the majestic live oaks
for which the Gulf Coast is renowned.
The Formal Gardens, which have been around since the 1700s and existed as the official state capitol gardens since 1932, originally possessed three historical live oaks
: The Thomas Boyd, the Annie Boyd, and the Nicholson.
About 100 species of plants are affected, including tan oaks, coast live oaks
, California black oaks, and canyon live oaks
, Quercus virginiana, don't tower over us like skyscrapers or bedazzle us with a fiery display of fall foliage.