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The Paso Robles Oaks

I have been a frequent visitor to my closest neighboring city, Paso Robles, for about twenty years now. It was named Paso Robles, which means Pass of the Oaks in Spanish, for a good reason. I can't think of anywhere I've been in Paso Robles in the urban or rural part, where there was not an tree within view or at least within a short walk. I'd like to show you some of these oaks I saw within a five-block area as I walked along Pine Street Monday. I was killing time while my husband was having a medical test in the building on 9th Street near Pine beside the oak you see in the first photo. Remember, you can right click to open the full size photo in a new tab.

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The photo above was taken in the next block, from Pine Street. The fire engines were just leaving for some reason unknown to me, since they had no sirens or lights on. You can see a couple of oaks behind the fire station, but the most prominent is the one across the street from it.

As I headed east on Pine Street past the train station, more properly known as the Transportation Center, oaks seemed to be everywhere, on the sidewalks and in the parking lot.

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The most famous oak in the parking lot I didn't photograph that day because I already had it. It sits in front of the depot in Velta Circle. Here is the photo I took of this in March.

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These were across the street at the edge of a vacant lot.

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This was in a maintenance yard near the railroad tracks.

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This I passed on the corner of 6th and Pine on my way back.

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These are just a sampling of just the oak I passed on my walk. There were at least twice as many I didn't photograph, and it would burden the bandwidth this page to show them all. And this is only a few blocks of the downtown area of Paso Robles near the Civic Center and two blocks from the main business street, Spring Street. Perhaps you can see why the city was named for its oaks.

Does the downtown area of your city have a lot of trees?

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Fractal wrote on August 22, 2014, 9:29 PM

What a joy!
Beautifully illustrated, &BarbRab
I love a good, old, honest Oak tree. They represent life in so many ways. I hope they (the oaks) will live long(er) and prosper.. :)

allen0187 wrote on August 22, 2014, 10:43 PM

Those are lovely pics! I particularly like the pic of the oak tree in Velta Circle.

Here in Manila, there are hardly any trees anymore. There are parks though and reservoirs. There is a concentrated effort among the cities and provinces to plant more trees in the cities and allot space for plants and trees.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 22, 2014, 11:29 PM

I love oak trees. I have a yard full of them, including some huge ones that must be at least 100 years old. They must have been planted as a fence line at some point in the distant pass. You can tell the symmetry in the straight line. When I was younger, I could still see the barbed wire scars in them, and some in the line farther into the woods still had fragments of old barbed wire stuck in them. I'm sure you've seen pictures I've posted of them on Bubblews and as the background for The Guiness Blog. Now that I've got multiple photos available again, I should do a post. Thanks for the idea.

BarbRad wrote on August 23, 2014, 12:05 AM

I could fill a hundred articles with nothing but local oak tree photos. I love our oaks in this area.

BarbRad wrote on August 23, 2014, 12:06 AM

I think it would be hard to go back to an area with few trees. I love trees.

BarbRad wrote on August 23, 2014, 12:08 AM

When we get going, we may have to rename the site persona oaks.

JanetJenson wrote on August 23, 2014, 3:15 AM

Not so much in the downtown area here, but inside my community we have hundreds of majestic oaks. Some of them have huge acorns, often growing in clusters of three.

OldRoadsOnceTraveled wrote on August 23, 2014, 10:47 PM

It does have a nice ring to it. :) I love my oak trees.

BarbRad wrote on August 23, 2014, 11:15 PM

We get lots of acorns here, too. Are you processing them for food like the Chumash did?

Ruby3881 wrote on November 12, 2014, 9:20 PM

I love that one bending over the fence! There was a maple tree in our old neighbourhood that had grown right next to a fence like that. The owners ended up cutting a hole in the fence when a tree branch got too close to the fence - instead of trimming the branch to accommodate the fence. Over the years that branch grew through the fence and then grew bigger and bigger around. The owner just widened the hole, and kept letting his glorious tree grow :)