There is a very old Redwood Tree on Plaskett Ridge Road, maybe the oldest here, that has developed in an unusual way, due to losing its top.
From a distance, it looks like two trees, growing closely together.
but a closer look reveals it is a branch, from which a vertical branch has grown.
An even closer look reveals the junction.
A different perspective.
For some reason, I have always thought of these ancient redwoods as “the grandfathers.” The Quercus lobatas (Valley Oaks) I think of as “the grandmothers.” They teach me whatever I am willing to learn, and are very patient with me.
(All photos courtesy of Rock Knocker)