Nominative Determinism

There's a small state park just south of Lucia, CA, which is just south of Big Sur, that has one of the most magnificent redwood forests I've seen. Nothing as big or out-of-the-way as the landscape Richard Preston describes in his enjoyable The Wild Trees, but still quite wonderful.

The redwood in this photo, and its skirt of descendants, siblings or maybe cousins, lives a 15-minute bike ride from Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, worlds away—at least—from Big Sur. It's in a canyon where spotting a hiking celebrity is more likely than discovering a redwood tree. Which makes stumbling upon a tree like this that much more enjoyable.

As for the title of this post, my first name, Elon, means "tree" in Hebrew.

1 comment:

M. D. Vaden of Oregon said...

Sometimes the little sprouts can be very interesting. For over a year, I've been watching sprouts emerging from a chunk that fell from El Viejo del Norte, in Jed Smith park. An interesting form of self-propagation.

M. D. Vaden of Oregon

Beaverton / Portland