Givers of Life~

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They sustain us
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They take in poisonous carbon dioxide,
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and emit pure oxygen.
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These massive Canyon Oaks grow on western coastal mountain ridges.
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Rare giant canyon oaks like these can reach up to 90 feet in height.
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These giants are growing in Mt. Palomar State Park which lies about 35 miles east of The Holler as a crow flies at 5-6000 feet elevation.
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The acorns created by these Canyon Oaks provided critical sustenance to ancient peoples.
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The Luiseno people’s metates, or ancient acorn grinding holes, are unmarked, but visible throughout the park.
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I added this as a late postscript. Check out the list of the world’s oldest living trees. Worth pondering: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oldest_trees
Cheers to you from Mt. Palomar’s gentle, life-sustaining, giants~

198 thoughts on “Givers of Life~

  1. Well captured Cindy! You have an amazing talent of describing your photos in an interesting way, no matter the subject (although everything about Mother Nature captures my interest.)

    Have a great day!
    /Maria

  2. I just love trees! And your photos are wonderful. I clicked through on your link to the oldest trees. Turns out there are a couple of them not far from where I live (Longwood). I see a fun day trip coming up soon — if/when we get through this rainy season! :)

  3. These are very beautiful trees. They remind me of this experience of mine.

    When I was in high school, I joined the sketching club.
    The teacher asked me to sketch a lot of trees.

    I was rather annoyed at first because everybody else was asked to draw fruits and other objects.
    Later, I found out that sketching tree was actually taught to more advanced students.
    He noticed that I paid so much attention to details, so he trained my “sensitivity” towards natural patterns and textures (such as tree bark, surface of stones, etc).
    By the end of the assignment, he advanced me to a more senior group. :D

  4. The trees being our saviors, is such a great message to remind us of, Cindy! The roots and tangled branches you chose to depict the message makes such a lovely set of photos, here!

    • Es ist eine Eiche in Süd-Kalifornien, die 1000 Jahre alt ist, aber diese sind in der Mitte der Hunderte. Kalifornien hat 90 +% der ältesten Bäume der Welt. Es gibt eine Kiefer in Nord-Kalifornien, die 4800 Jahre alt und ein Mammutbaum ist, dass 3200 Jahre alt ist! Wunderbar!!!!

      Encino Oak 1000 years old Southern California
      Bristol Cone Pine 4800 years old Northern California
      Giant Sequoia 3200 years old Central California
      Amazing no????? I love old trees very much too! They are spiritual sentinels.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oldest_trees

      • Eine fantastische Information Cindy, ganz herzlichen Dank.
        A fantastic information Cindy, thank you very much.
        Die Schweizer haben vergessen, ihre alten Bäume in den Alpen der List of Tree zu melden.
        The Swiss have forgotten to report their old trees in the Alps on the List of Tree.
        Wussten Sie…
        dass in den Schweizer Alpen die mächtigsten Arven, Lärchen und Fichten der Welt stehen. Oder dass der älteste Baum der Schweiz eine Eibe ist, die bereits 1’500 Jahre alt sein könnte.
        Did you know …
        that in the Swiss Alps, the most powerful stone pine, larch and spruce trees in the world are. Or that the oldest tree in the Switzerland is a yew tree, which could be 1,500 years old already.
        Greetings Ernest

      • Ich werde in der Schweiz bald sein. Wir nehmen die Glacier-Express über die Alpen. Ich werde recherchieren, wo diese alten Bäume sind. Danke, dass Sie mir zu sagen. Ich hatte keine Ahnung! :) :)

      • Wow, schön. Ich bin vor vielen Jahren mit einem Glacier-Express wie folgt gefahren: Zürich- Gotthard- Locarno- Centovalli- Domodossola (Italy)- Simplontunnel- Brig- Furka-Dampfbahn- Andermatt- Oberalppass- Disentis- Chur- Zürich. Ich glaube, Du wirst viel Freude erleben.

        Ich drücke dir die Daumen, damit Du auf der Fahrt schönes Wetter hast. ;-) :-)
        Liebe Grüsse Ernst

      • Ja! ICH HABE Tony Judt’s Buch “Der Speicher Chalet.” sagte er, dass der Himmel ist eine endlose Fahrt uber die Schweizer Alpen auf der Glacier Express!!

  5. Great photos, as usual. Interesting shot of the metates. Do you know whether they’re the result of natural erosion–and then used adventitiously by local native groups–or are they they the result of years of repeated grinding? Thanks. Ken

    • Hi Ken great to hear from you! Hope all is well with you two. The metates are the result of repeated grinding. If one wants to look for them, one should look for relatively flat rocks where people could have sat comfortably to grind acorns into flour daily. I find lots of them this way and they are usually in clusters so the women could chat their way through the daily grind!!!

  6. Lovely post and pictures, Cindy! Trees add beauty and life-sustaining oxygen to our world. We should take care of them better and nurture and appreciate them. They are gifts from above so let’s show them our love. xo

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