Visitors 14
Modified 13-Jan-17
Created 11-Jan-17
56 photos

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.
"Phainopepla Tree""Mistletoe Valley Oak" with BirdersUnder the "Mistletoe Valley Oak"American Robins (Turdus migratorius) in "Mistletoe Valley Oak"American Robin (Turdus migratorius) in "Mistletoe Valley Oak"Old Leaves in "Chaparral Valley Oak"07_DanQuinnDJQ_134708_DanQuinnDJQ_144509_DanQuinnDJQ_145610_DanQuinnDJQ_145811_DanQuinn_DJQ4877Serpentine Rock and Colorful Lichen13_DanQuinnDJQ_158214_DanQuinnDJQ_159915_DanQuinnDJQ_160016_DanQuinnDJQ_162817_DanQuinn_DJQ490218_DanQuinn_DJQ4910