Givers of Life~

They sustain us
They take in poisonous carbon dioxide,
and emit pure oxygen.
These massive Canyon Oaks grow on western coastal mountain ridges.
Rare giant canyon oaks like these can reach up to 90 feet in height.
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.
The acorns created by these Canyon Oaks provided critical sustenance to ancient peoples.
The Luiseno people’s metates, or ancient acorn grinding holes, are unmarked, but visible throughout the park.
I added this as a late postscript. Check out the list of the world’s oldest living trees. Worth pondering:
Cheers to you from Mt. Palomar’s gentle, life-sustaining, giants~

177 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!

  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!

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