Quotes worth sharing
Land of Four Seasons
December 9, 2023
"The southern Sierra, the Tehachapis, the Coast Ranges, and the Mojave Desert all come together in a welter of canyon and ridge, where we find interesting and peculiar plant assortments. Valley Oaks (Quercus lobata), of all things, have crept through Tehachapi Pass to the desert edge where they grow with Joshua Trees and cactus."
– Elna Bakker
Elna Bakker was a pioneering naturalist and cartographer who wrote the influential book An Island Called California, published by the University of California Press in 1971. In this account she is describing the rare Valley Oak grove at the base of Oak Creek Pass.