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Taken at Table Mountain near Jamestown, California, on April 4th, 2014

I’ve long been attracted to the dramatic scenes in nature: towering peaks and clear lakes, snow-capped mountains, cliffs, endless vistas, and the like. But living in the foothills of the Sierra is giving me a great appreciation for the subtler sweeps of nature’s brush. About 20 minutes from my house is a vast oak savanna wedged in between an ancient lava flow called Table Mountain and the New Melones Reservoir. The rolling grassy hills of this savanna are punctuated with statuesque blue and valley oaks, whose leaves turn a rich green with the coming of spring.

On an evening that held the promise of good light at sunset I visited the savanna and meandered among the trees and flowing grasses. I found a marvelous blue oak overlooking an open field to the west and as the sun dropped through a slot in the clouds I captured this photo.

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