The Eucalyptus of Northern California by Kate Sawyer

October 28, 2010

© Kate Sawyer

© Kate Sawyer

© Kate Sawyer

I’m in the Bay Area for a few days before I return to Los Angeles and then to Buenos Aires. Killing some time yesterday I discovered at a bookstore the new magazine, California Northern. It deals with the land and culture that is Northern California [I grew up here]. The cover image by photographer Kate Sawyer shows the beautiful Panoche Valley, one of my favorite backroads over the coastal range into the Central Valley.

The magazine contains a wonderful photo essay on the unloved Eucalyptus groves that dot the northern part of the state. Considered an invasive species and frequently targeted for extermination, the essay considers the beauty of this Australian import that, after 150 years has become part of the landscape.

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