. . . from the archives #57: Digger Pine Cone—Lake County, 1993
In the early 1990's I was looking for images to accompany a passage excerpted from Ursula LeGuin's book Always Coming Home, a short descriptive piece concerning the scrub oak. One of my trips took me through the Napa Valley and over the mountains into Lake County where I pulled off the road to inspect a stand of digger pines. (At the time I didn't know that they were called digger pines or that the name "digger pine" was controversial.) I remember being mightily impressed with the pine cones: very massive and sculptural. I brought one home, set it against a white matboard and took this photo.