I was not born in the Pacific Northwest, but I’ve spent almost my entire life here and as such am very familiar with the flora and fauna that surrounds us. One of my favorite things about traveling is that I get to see new things. I avoided taking a million photos of palm trees and cacti, but I did snap these three trees while we were in California over the weekend.
I have no idea what this is, but there were a bunch planted along a street in San Luis Obispo. The bark is soft and slightly spongy, like a mushroom, and the trees seemed to be doing just fine despite flashing the world their inner bark:
Another street had these dramatic specimens. The contrast between the white bark and incredibly dense foliage was quite striking (though it was raining while we were there and some of the bark was water-darkened, you can still see how cool it is):
And who wouldn’t love fresh oranges growing right in the back yard??? We meandered through a residential section and saw several houses boasting their own orange trees, and a lime tree as well. I know, I know – we have apples and plums and pears, but I’d really like an orange tree.