Quercus agrifolia  is the botanical name of the California live oak, a species that exists only along narrow coastal band extending from Mendicino 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 habit. 

A powerful spiritual identification with these remarkable creatures propels this ongoing project.  I shot the photos here (only one of which is not a coastal oak) with my iPhone during walks in the foothills south of San Jose in the winter of 2016.

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