The golden minutes of the experience at Riley was the time spent with the fallen champion pictured above. It is only one of their majestic oaks. Can you imagine how the earth shook and critters scattered in all directions when it fell to the ground?!
Stunned by its "resting" size, stilled by the history locked in it, I was bursting with joy over its second life. You see, the tree will continue to provide habitat for wildlife in all stages of decay. Eventually nature's decomposers and recyclers will return its nutrients to the soil, but In California's dry climate it might take hundreds of years of course.