1. Why alone in the middle of a field?
    Were they once surrounded by other mighty oaks?
    Maybe they were near a house that is no more?
    A place to allow the farmer a shady place to rest?
    Intriguing picture to ponder…


    1. Patrick, my guess is that this area once was part of a much more extensive oak grove. Native peoples depended on oaks as a food source. Because mature oaks are fire-resistant, seasonal fires were used to clear the forest floor. As a result, a succession of trees was prevented because native fir seedlings could not take root. Garry Oak Eco-systems were common in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. That changed as a result of western expansion when lands were cleared by settlers for farming, and the end of seasonal burns.

      As you say- an intriguing picture to ponder…


    1. Thank you, Maggie.
      Here’s a disappointing update on that particular landscape. We drove by today. The oaks are leafed out- beautiful and green… But the lush green fields have been transformed by spraying. They are all Round-up Yellow.


      1. That is disappointing. I am reminded of Jane Goodall’s quote:

        “Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?”


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