Quercus agrifolia  is the botanical name of the California live oak, a species that exists only along narrow coastal band extending from Mendocino to the Baja peninsula in Mexico.

It's easy to see why early settlers attributed mystical qualities to these soulful giants.  Somehow they survive despite ever encroaching development and the gradual erosion of their habitat. 

A powerful spiritual connection with these remarkable creatures drove this project.  I shot these photos with my iPhone in the winter of 2016, during daily walks in the foothills of the Diablo Range south of San Jose.  All except one are of California live oaks.

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