Tree and Rock; Petaluma, California

Photo of cows grazing at sunset near an oak tree that looks like it grows out of a rock in Petaluma, California.

It’s a Rock Tree

It looks like this oak tree is growing out of the rock.  It isn’t of course.  But they’ve shared the same spot for many years.  They’ve seen many cows come and go.

The scene has been the subject of many photos.   I think the first one I saw was by Lance Kuehne.  You can see his vision of it here.   Recently, I saw one by Marty Knapp.  You can see his version, complemented by the moon, here.

You can find the scene a few miles west of Petaluma on the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road.  It’s on the left side as you drive west.  I drove by it many times on the way to Point Reyes National Seashore before I spotted it.  I’d like to try shooting it again.  A moon would be a nice addition.  I think I’d move a little to the right and use a wider lens or stand farther back.  It would be nice if the cows were there and arranged in the most aesthetically pleasing manner.  Maybe I’ll do it.  Maybe.


About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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