This is a wonderful place to run. The trails go deep into the local forest that blanket the hills to the west of Silicon Valley; they pass from one kind of local ecosystem to another. If you run here, you can expect to pass through groves of redwoods, stands of Douglas fir, live oaks, and even chaparral with manzanitas and chamise.
But at one point I saw something SO unexpected that I stopped and took a couple of photographs.
Here's one of those pictures. See that tree on the right?
It's SO out-of-place, so unlike all of the trees around it that I literally stopped dead in my tracks to take this photos.
Here's a close-up of the tree. As you can see, it's not like anything else nearby.
The questions for today are:
1. What kind of tree is that?
2. What's it doing here, deep in the forest?
(More specifically, can you figure out WHY it's here?)
I know this seems like another of Dan's-impossible-questions, but I believe you can figure all of this out.
It will require a bit of out-of-the-normal search thinking.
(I'll save you the step of searching for the metadata of the trees. It's at 37.409425, -122.270441666667 )
Can we do it?