Lisa, over at Laughing Orca Ranch, has commented on the trees in my pictures more than once. I decided to do a little photo essay regarding some of my favorite trees.
We chose our property based on many criteria, one of them being the number of Live Oak trees. My FIL counted 60 on our little 4 acres. We have a few other kinds of trees, but the Live Oaks rule the land.
There are many, many things to know about most any kind of plant or animal, so I won't go into specifics. Here's a link to a quick run down of the major points regarding Live Oaks. Just know that they can get enormous, are drought resistant, slow growing and can grow in ways I've never seen in other trees.
Here's the first example in my neighbor's back yard. Two branches grew together. What I suspect is that they rubbed together during a windy spring and then were able to heal and form bark over one another during our quiet summers.
Here's a tree that fell over and rooted at the other end. This one straddles the property line. We both love the tree so much, that we just mow/weed eat around it.
This one is where the physics come in. There are so many trees that seem to defy gravity and other forces of nature. I can't imagine the weight of the tree, leaning so far to the left and yet it remains standing.
Another one has fallen over and rooted at the other end. It is practically dead at its original growth spot (on the left end)
I call this tree, The Dragon. It's not on my property and hopefully whoever develops the place, will see how unique it is and keep it. It absolutely defies gravity.
It grows up out of the ground for about 4 ft and then takes a 90* turn. It grows parallel to the ground for at least 20 ft and then begins back upward again. How?! Why?!
This tree and the two below it are what my neighbor calls "Storybook Trees". The trunks are fat, squished looking, and knarly. Each has a hole at the base that extends under the roots. We expect elves and talking badgers must live under them.