This giant California Bay Laurel in a sprawling lakeside park in Novato, CA, has for decades played host to weddings and celebrations, as well as countless picnics and visits from human admirers. Large, unusual trees like this attract not only fans of trees, but people from all walks of life, over generations.
This beautiful creature is invitingly easy to climb. I prefer to do this barefoot, and encourage others to do so too: the better to feel you with, my pretty.
With minimal help, this mother-to-be in her eight month managed her way up where she could relax and be held by her husband as the bay laurel, in turn, safely held us all.
We four humans returned a year later, to make a second photo, “Out of the Womb,” with the family in the same positions but with the key difference: baby Kai having had his first coming-out celebration. (CLICK TO COMPARE with “In The Womb.”)