Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Wednesday Vignette: avenue of trees

My wife and mother-in-law just got back from a trip to Savannah, Georgia and Beaufort, South Carolina. One of the most stunning sights were the avenues of oaks at antebellum plantations. Here is the one at Tomotley in Sheldon, South Carolina:

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Tomotley Plantation, Sheldon, SC; October 24, 2015 © Heather B Bock

Coincidentally, while they were gone I photographed this scene right here in Davis on one of the loveliest residential streets in town (no Spanish moss though):

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College Park, Davis, CA; October 23, 2015

Whether in South Carolina or in Northern California, there’s something undeniably magical about an allĂ©e of trees so dense it forms a sheltering canopy.

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15 comments:

  1. I would love to live in this neighborhood. Probably way out if my reach but will juse have to admire. What trees are these?

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    1. It's one of the most expensive streets in town. It's right across the UC Davis campus. And the trees are stunning, as you can see.

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    1. I knew somebody was going to ask me what types of trees these are. I'll find out.

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    2. My gardening friend Sue thinks they're Modesto ash (Fraxinus velutina).

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  3. It's hard to imagine that street in Davis. (My sister has lived three for many, many years.) What are those trees? Camphor? How marvelous that those two very different cities have similar looking streets.

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    1. There are a few streets in the core area (i.e. near downtown) that have old trees like that. And in Sacramento, many streets in the Fabulous Forties have dense tree canopies. But still, not a common sight for sure.

      My friend Sue thinks the trees are Modesto ash.

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  4. I love those two photos, so beautiful.

    San Marino around the Huntington has some streets of Quercus agrifolia like that--always a thrill to drive those streets.

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    1. On my next trip to the Huntington I want to spend some time driving around San Marino. It looks like a wonderful town, with lots of nice houses and plants.

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  5. Both so beautiful - that one from Georgia encapsulates exactly what I imagine the old South was like. I love that Spanish moss. We got married in New Orleans. Needless to say, or wedding photos are full of that same moss. Absolutely love it!

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    1. I've only been to the South once, but the oak trees draped with Spanish moss that Heather photographed in South Carolina reminded me so much of New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana we visited, gosh, back in 1998. Truly magical!

      Getting married in New Orleans must have been a blast! The people are so nice, and the good is to die for.

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  6. Truly gorgeous tree canopies. Thanks for the tranquil moment!

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  7. Both shots are gorgeous! I hope the Davis trees remain healthy through the drought. Many of the trees in my own area, particularly the pines, have been allowed to die, creating holes in what used to be a healthy canopy.

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    1. These trees look very healthy. I think the Modesto ash (a Southwest native) is fairly drought-tolerant, so it's not going to turn brown as quickly as the redwood trees in unwatered front yards.

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