Although black oak trees are found throughout the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, these black oak in the heart of Yosemite National Park are probably the most famous. As these oak trees start pulling on their fallcolor, it’s pretty easy to see why.
Beyond photographers like myself and park visitors, Yosemite Valley's meadows had appeal beyond the visual.
It’s no coincidence that Native Americans placed their summer encampments in Yosemite Valley. To them the large black oak groves were akin to our wheat fields as a critical source of food. And maybe, just maybe... because of the views.
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