Phoneography: Black and White Images Tell The Story Of Jack’s Tree

Sweet sour in the wind

Sweet sorrow in the wind

I took this picture of 300 or 400 year old tree that stands next to Jack London’s house last summer and enhanced it into a black and white and posted it.. Recently it has come to our attention that the tree is in danger because of a fungus, so I think is time to re post them and pass on the story of the next phase of the life a tree that has seen a lot of history.

Tree is too close so close to  the house.

Tree is too close to the house for safety.

The tree’s proximity to the house may mean it may have to be cut down for safety sake.

The coast live oak thought to be 300 to 400 years old stands just some 50 feet from London’s cottage in Glen Ellen, his onetime Beauty Ranch and now a national historic landmark as part of Jack London State Historic Park.

The revered tree, an especially large oak, is succumbing to pathogenic fungi. State and independent arborists recommend cutting the tree down before its weakening wood causes personal injury or damage to the cottage. Read more about it in this articleSonoma Press Democrat.

Oak bark up close

Oak bark up close

Which image best tells you the story of this Ancient Being?

I have no notes for, Phoneography Challenge Black and White, on how I created these images because, I had just bought my iPhone 4s, and was experimenting indiscriminately. Perhaps I just used instagram.

10 thoughts on “Phoneography: Black and White Images Tell The Story Of Jack’s Tree

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  2. It’s sad a tree like that has to be cut down. But there is a time when it has to be done. The two ice storms we had here in Oklahoma, the latest one in 2001, destroyed thousands and thousands of trees. Most of them were Oak. The ones that didn’t get destroyed are just now looking like a normal tree again. As we travel I notice the trees and how beautiful they are getting again. Trees are relaxing to watch swaying in the wind. Well, I guess I just like trees. lol Neal



    • Didn’t all the Elms have to be cut down because of dutch elm disease? Nice poetic description of trees their Neal. The trees will start turning color soon in you neck of the woods. I miss drives in Osage County.


      • Yes, we lost all the Elms in Ponca City due to the disease. Too bad because we had so many and they were great trees to climb in when we were kids.



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