Georgia over at the local ecologist writes about trees and street trees and urban trees a lot. She had a post on The Tree Year…choose a favorite tree and follow it for a year. I thought…hmmm…yes, good idea. Unfortunately I can’t choose just one tree but most of my favorites are the old oaks still sprinkled around town like ancient sentinels, witnesses who have been standing around long before those wagon trains and boats arrived with settlers. Friends of the native population, place markers maybe, or just part of the massive oak groves that once covered this valley land. They are now “inconveniently located” in people’s front yards or pulling up the sidewalk. For my tree year I’m going to find some of my favorites and take some pictures. They are the trees that when I wend around town on errands I see and think “that is so beautiful…I bet it will come down soon…” So to start here are two, the first on 14th street just south of State in a dicey neighborhood of group homes, standing majestically, seen daily by me and hundreds of others who might not notice how totally beautiful it is…
and then when we were over at the coffee place sitting outside (!)
I looked up at this nice tree
Keep your eyes peeled for the oaks…let me know if you spot a good one!