I made Joseph Smith‘s acquaintance on Google+ a while ago – we share the love for outdoor photography of intimate landscapes and have a strong mutual respect for each others work. On this January morning, we met “in real life” :) for the first time, for an easy hike/walk to an area of Hollenbeck Canyon that I hadn’t seen before. (but was instantly mesmerized by when I saw his photos:-)
On my previous hikes at Hollenbeck Canyon, I explored the trails along the route that Jerry Schad recommends in his “Afoot & Afield in San Diego County” hiking guide – and without Joe, I probably would never have found this incredibly beautiful oak hollow.
Typical for the lower elevations of Southern California, the more dense woodlands only exist in riparian areas, most often along a seasonal or ephemeral stream that provides enough water for taller-growing trees like Oaks and Sycamores. Such spaces are often wide open, and in spring fresh green grass grows happily in the cooling shade of the trees. I don’t know at what size and density a group of trees becomes a forest, but even though they provide the same comforting experience, these riparian woodlands probably don’t qualify. Maybe it’s okay to call them mini-forests. :)
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