Riparian Woodlands are a typical vegetation form of the lower elevations in Southern California. Taller trees like Coast Live Oaks, Cottonwoods, Sycamores and Willows only grow in ravines, hollows and near (seasonal) creek beds where there’s more shade and moisture. They are often accompanied by bushes and shrubs that are also found in the chaparral, sometimes palm trees, and often (plenty of) Poison-oak. Riparian Woodlands are not forests, but they are the closest thing to forests at lower elevations.
They are also incredibly beautiful, just as beautiful as any forest can be. And even on the hottest summer days, it can be quite pleasant in the shade of majestic old-growth oak trees. This post archive is a collection of my images from such areas.