Rumor has it there are, at least, 1,000 oak trees, in the Conejo Valley. My favorite tree in the Conejo Valley is this lone oak at Rancho Sierra Vista/Satwiwa in Newbury Park.
This oak tree stands there, in a field, all alone, in the shadow of Boney Mountain in the foreground, year in, year out, come rain, or more usually, come shine.
In times of drought, in times of natural disaster, like the Springs Fire of 2013, this lone oak has withstood the test of time.
Through good times and bad, this tree is there for me, and for all of us, standing tall in the face of the hot summer sun and soaking in the winter rains.
I've never touched this lone oak nor have I ventured beneath its branches. But I have admired it, mostly from afar. And I know this tree appreciates me. Sitting still, smiling in the summer sun, feeling comfort in the vast open space of the Conejo.