I begin 2016 with a visit to some of my favorite photography subjects on the birding transect walk out of Escobar Gate. Some of the valley oaks are so familiar, I have given them my own names, and make sure to keep tabs on their progress through the seasons and the years. I also love an area of serpentine rocks on the Birding Transect Trail.
I pay special attention to the "Lone Valley Oak", in the grassland on Road F near Trail 15. This oak has been a Jasper Ridge landmark for generations. I have seen birds and animals nearby, and once even photographed it upside down, imaged in a dewdrop. I thought it was time to spend some quality time with this tree, from various angles and at various scales.
I hope you enjoy this in-depth look at some of the valley oaks you have often seen on this site.
Other images from today's birding transect are nearby.