Tree Blog

Quercus douglasii | Stanford Dish

This is a winter picture of the same tree as the previous entry. This is an outstanding example of symmetry in Blue Oak. It's easy to call it the brain tree, as you’ll not that the trunk bifurcates quite close to the ground, thus dividing the canopy into two roughly equal hemispheres. This tree sits atop foothill open space at Stanford, called the Dish for the large radio telescope that sits directly opposite this tree, and is visible for miles in all directions. It is said that the Dish was Steve Jobs’ favorite place to walk. This tree was likely one of Steve’s many sources of inspiration.

Dave Muffly