A Review of Some Notable Oak Trees in Paso Robles
The name Paso Robles literally means Pass of the Oaks when translated from the Spanish. And, of course, Paso Robles was Spanish before it was American. I'm guessing the oak tree population was greater than the human population before the town began. Some oaks are three times higher than the homes and businesses they live beside. Photographing them can be a challenge because of their size alone.
Although you can't walk far in Paso Robles without seeing at least one oak tree, certain areas seem to have some of the oldest or most unique oaks. I'd like to show you where to find them and show you some photos. Some of these oaks are so huge and so surrounded by buildings that it's hard to get far enough away from them to get their entirety in a photo.
Downtown Paso Robles
|The Oak in the Road, 5th and Vine, Paso Robles|
The Oak in the Road
All of our downtown area is not commercial. There are some residential areas only a block or two from the commercial part of downtown. One of the streets there has so many oaks they named it Oak Street. The reason why is obvious if you take a stroll along it. This residential area often has deer in its crosswalks at dusk a block from the commercial area.
It appears when they built Fifth Street, the city fathers left the oak you see above intact. This tree was measured by Phil Dirkx in May, 2015. At that time he found the trunk was 23 feet around at five feet above the ground. He estimated it was ten feet in diameter. A photo taken in c. 1886 shows a tree that appears even larger than this one at a Paso Robles picnic. So we know these trees have been around a long time.
Here are some other photos of the Tree in the Road.
|Oak Tree on Corner of 5th and Vine, Paso Robles, Looking South|
|Oak in Fifth Street. Notice Branched Trunk|
|Looking up at the Sky through the Leafy Branches of the Oak.|
In the photo above I aimed the camera straight up to look at the sky through the tree's canopy.
|Details in the Bark of an Old Oak, Trimmed through the Years|
When I left to photograph these trees, I expected to also get photos of another tree in the middle of Oak Street between Fourth and Fifth Street that I have often driven around in the past. Sadly, this time there was only a stump. It appears the tree recently was removed.
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More Oaks Near Downtown Paso Robles
These photos were taken on 12th Street, one of the main east/west streets downtown. My dentist has an office there in one of the old homes. Both businesses and residences locate on 12th Street. I have focused on the oak trees near residences in these photos. This photo was taken in spring. I couldn't help the fact that it was trash pickup day the day I went walking after my dentist appointment.
|Tall Oak on 12th Street West of Spring Street|
The sheer size of the these oak trees makes them hard to fit into one shot because there's no way you can get far enough away from them unless they are on a corner. The house above isn't. The house below is, but it's still hard to get all those branches into the shot. Some of these oaks seem to have tentacles rather than branches and they seem to reach everywhere as their branches curve.
This photo also presents one of the other problems with getting ideal shots of anything tall or high, such as a sunset. There are wires almost everywhere downtown. It's hard not to capture them because they always seem to be in the way.
|Oak Trees on 12th and Chestnut in Paso Robles|
Oaks Right Downtown
|Oak Trees in Transport Center Parking Lot in Paso Robles, © B. Radisavljevic|
|Arching Oak Near Train Station in Paso Robles, © B. Radisavljevic|
|Oak in Front of Paso Robles Library, © B. Radisavljevic|
These are in an alley downtown. Sure wish they'd put those wires underground, but they can't afford to.
|Oak in Paso Robles Downtown Alley, © B. Radisavljevic|
Oak Lane in East Paso Robles
Oak Lane is a rural street that's right behind the tract where I live. It is full of small farms and amazing oak trees. It is just past the intersection of South River Road and Charolais Road. It runs between South River Road and the property next to the Salinas River. It's a nice walk for those who like to see farm animals of all kinds and some gorgeous oak trees. And oaks aren't the only trees you will see -- just the most impressive. Here's one of them. As you can probably tell, this tree was taken in winter. That's my favorite season for photographing deciduous oaks. I like seeing their "bare bones."
|Oak Tree on Oak Lane as Sundown Approaches, © B. Radisavljevic|
Linne Road Oak Trees
Linne Road is accessed from Sherwood Road in Paso Robles and twists a bit before continuing east toward Sculpterra Winery and other farms and vineyards. It is worth the short drive from the city for those who love oak trees. I have featured some of my photos of a damaged oak on Linne, what I call a tree with character, in this post, Looking at Deciduous Oaks in Winter. Here I will just show you one shot I took on this country road. The oak tree itself is so huge I can't get it all into the shot. It was this owl metal sculpture that made me notice it first.
You can see the tree has already done a number on the fence. I guess the owl is keeping an eye on it. The tree extends far behind and next to the owl on the other side. Even the eye can hardly see the entire tree at once.
I did notice another oak not far from this one. It was just outside one of the farms. It appeared to be hollow. So I looked inside.
|Hollow Oak Tree on Linne Road in Paso Robles, © B. Radisavljevic|
The Tree That Lives Across the Street
I hope you've enjoyed this brief tour of some of Paso Robles' most interesting old oaks. I never get tired of discovering and photographing new ones. Of course my favorite is the one that lives across the street from me. I like to photograph it best at sunset. This was taken in winter.
|Bare Oak in Winter Sunset, © B. Radisavljevic|
Below it is not so bare.
|Not So Bare Oak in Summer Sunset, © B. Radisavljevic|
Which tree did you like best?
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