The rolling hills of Northern California, visible along vast stretches of road and trail, serve as connective tissue between major landmarks. The trees that dot this landscape, Valley Oaks in particular, reveal a graceful persistence — some standing alone in open fields, others huddling together as family.
This grove is nestled about 50 miles south of San Francisco, just next to Rancho San Antonio Preserve. From a distance, these trees look like decorative ornaments, delicately set atop a canvas of soft grass. Up close, they are gnarled and complex; inexorably fused with the ecology that surrounds them, both in life and in death.