California's lovely Live Live Oak Trees

@TheHorse (74795)
Walnut Creek, California
March 8, 2018 6:33pm CST
We have many different kids of Live Oak trees in California. Some keep their leaves all year around. Some shed their leaves. Many harbor ticks, which like to drop onto you and suck your blood. All are pretty, and can survive on less water than the oak trees of the Midwest. One of my favorite oak trees is the Live Live Oak tree, shown here. It can be found on virtually all hikes in California. What I love about Live Live Oak trees is their visual symmetry. Plus the fact that they are connected to each other. As with many redwood trees (for which California is famous), Live Live Oak trees are often actually a single organism, connected by incredible above-ground root systems. Birds are advised not to perch on these trees when the weather has been wet, for reasons which I'll leave it up to you to consider. The same recent hike that yielded photos of a nice sunset to the West, green hills to the East, and some pretty flowers that I can't identify, also yielded this lovely photo of a strong and symmetrical Live Live Oak tree. I hope you appreciate its beauty.
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@rebelann (43559)
• El Paso, Texas
9 Mar
I izz cornfuzed, all I seez is a power tower then you mention ticks ( I hate ticks ) and I fliger ain't no tick climin up a power tower so where's dat Live Live Oak Tree??
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• Redlands, California
9 Mar
Its an oak tree see the leaves hanging down. How you know its an oak tree.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Mar
I've seen hawks and buzzards on Live Live Oak Trees. They put barbed things near the bottom so people wont climb them.
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@rebelann (43559)
• El Paso, Texas
9 Mar
You mean those ringy thingys are leaves @crossbones27 ?
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@andriaperry (63426)
• Anniston, Alabama
9 Mar
I see a power line.
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• Redlands, California
9 Mar
No, that's an Oak Tree. This just what happens when Trump becomes president. Trump says that is an oak tree.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Mar
Me too. After it rains, you can hear them hum.
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@andriaperry (63426)
• Anniston, Alabama
9 Mar
@TheHorse Mine has an Eagle nest in it.
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@Corbin5 (122428)
• United States
9 Mar
Such a lovely sight to see in nature. The symmetry is superb.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Mar
I agree. And isn't that above-ground root system something?
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@Corbin5 (122428)
• United States
9 Mar
@TheHorse Amazing!!!
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@spiderdust (7602)
• San Jose, California
9 Mar
A few years ago, a pigeon learned what can happen if one perches on one of those trees, and it set an entire hillside on fire. Sadly, the pigeon did not survive the lesson. If I can find the news article, I'll link it.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Mar
Was rain involved? I watched (from my desk) as a squirrel get almost fried. Incredibly, after lying motionless for about 10 minutes, he survived.
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• San Jose, California
9 Mar
@TheHorse From what I recall, there was no rain involved. It was in the summer, and you know how dry it gets around here during that time of the year. I found the article.
Investigators said a four-alarm brush fire in San Jose, Calif., may have been caused by a pigeon perched on a high-voltage power line.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Mar
@spiderdust Funny story. Dang pigeons shuld have kept their distance up there.
@AKRao24 (21618)
• India
9 Mar
I think these Oak trees are now found in all countries irrespective of their zones! May be some are symmetric some may not but they are found everywhere now! Good picture dear friend @TheHorse! Thanks!
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Mar
Alas. There are some hikes here where (for awhile) you see no evidence of human intervention, but they are few and far between.
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@AKRao24 (21618)
• India
9 Mar
Thanks dear @TheHorse ! Have a great time!
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Mar
@AKRao24 I'm hoping to take a short hike tomorrow.
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@JohnRoberts (66970)
• Los Angeles, California
9 Mar
I am familiar with our oak trees.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Mar
I think they're preety similar to ours. I learned about live oak trees when I was in grad school in Santa Barbara.
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@just4him (132190)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Mar
You have a wonderful sense of humor.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Mar
Humor? I thought I had late-onset Asperger's until the brainy psychologists deleted it from the latest DSM and proved me wrong.
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@just4him (132190)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
10 Mar
@LadyDuck (187862)
• Switzerland
9 Mar
I see part of a tree behind the power line. We have many oaks here and also ticks.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
9 Mar
Heh heh. That power line is very close to where I take photos of sunsets from up there.
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@LadyDuck (187862)
• Switzerland
9 Mar
@TheHorse This is a huge power line, I hope it does not give problems to the residents.
@teamfreak16 (42460)
• Denver, Colorado
20 Mar
You'd have a hell of a time chopping that particular tree down for firewood!
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
20 Mar
Maybe I could melt it down next time I leave my stove burner on overnight.
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• Eugene, Oregon
9 Mar
A blight on the landscape.
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@TheHorse (74795)
• Walnut Creek, California
10 Mar
They're everywhere, but so it goes. Hawks DO like to perch on them while looking for tasty bunnies.