El Corte De Madera Creek
Methuselah Tree & Methuselah Trail
San Mateo County, California

Photos of Hike & Haikus
Sunday, September 27, 2009

By Peter Y. Chou
WisdomPortal.com



Preface: Stanford Green Library was open on Sunday September 27, 2007 for the Fall Quarter. With the weather warm in the 90's, my friend suggested visiting the Methuselah Tree which we saw in 2007 on Skyline Boulevard. Since I saw the 1600 year-old, 225 feet tall, 13 feet wide Largest Tree at Memorial Park (August 16 & 23, 2009), and the 253 feet tall, 14.3 feet wide Advocate Tree at Forest of Nisene Marks Park (September 6, 2009), it would be nice to revisit the Methuselah Tree and compare it with these giants. So I sacrificed my library computer hours to take another look at Methuselah Tree— 14 feet wide, 225 feet tall, 1800 years old. It seems larger than the other giants. We had hiked at El Corte De Madera Creek last summer (September 7, 2008) from CM04 gate. After visiting Methusaleh Tree for half an hour (2:45-3:16 pm), we took the narrow Swett Road and Starhill Road to the western entrance at gate CM08. Hiking on the Methuselah Trail was downhill going in and uphill coming back around two and half hours (3:40 pm-6:00 pm). Afterwards we saw some beautiful clouds on Sand Hill Road east of Highway 280. My friend stopped in the parking lot of Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel so I could take photos of "bird clouds" and the half moon at sunset. Before dropping me off at Stanford Green Library after 7 pm, we heard one of my favorite music on KDFC 102.1 FM— Gordon Hunt playing Domenico Zipoli's Elevazione (Ascension). This elevating tune composed by a Portugese monk expressed perfectly my mood for today's experience— seeing the Methuselah Tree's ascension to the sky, hiking along Methuselah Trail, and seeing the giant bird clouds at sunset. Below are my photos and haikus written the following day. (Bay Area Hiker; Park Map)

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Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:45 pm
Skyline Boulevard, San Mateo County
Near El Corte De Madera Creek Gate CM02
Methuselah sign near highway entrance


Revisiting Methuselah
Tree, this giant that's
1800 years old.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:47 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Base and burls of Methuselah Tree


Methusaleh Tree is enclosed
by a wooden fence—
look at those giant burls.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:48 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Peter stands by 1800 years old Methuselah
and thinking of Plotinus (204-270 AD)


Standing by Methuselah
who was born at same
time as Plotinus.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:49 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Bump near base of Methuselah Tree


This bump by your side—
Is it a scar from some fire
or a badge of courage?

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:49 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Methuselah Tree soaring to the sky


Methuselah's head is like
a lion's mane soaring
higher to the sky.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:51 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Platonic Lambda at Methuselah's base


At Methuselah's base
the Platonic Lambda sings
the Soul of the Universe.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:53 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Many face images in Methuselah's bark


How many faces can you
find in Methuselah's bark?
I see three so far.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:54 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Young Y-Tree on right of Methuselah Tree


Young and Old next to
each other— Y-Tree
learns much from Methuselah.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:55 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Peter standing under Methuselah Tree


I stand by Methuselah
to receive his gifts of
truth and goodness.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:57 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Walking aroud Methuselah Tree


O Methuselah Tree—
Om Om Shanti Shanti
bless this world with peace.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 2:59 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Guardian Douglas Fir by Methuselah Tree


Douglas Fir by Methuselah
is "Guardian Samurai"
protecting his master.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 3:03 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Methuselah Tree standing 225 feet tall


Merged photos of bottom
and top of Methuselah
to show its true height.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 3:04 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Methuselah Tree reaching for the sky


Methuselah Tree soaring
to the blue sky to drink
more light from the sun.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 3:05 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Mandorla shape in the Methuselah Tree


Mandorla is sign
of Pisces bringing in
Light of Christ Consciousness.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 3:15 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Guardian Douglas Fir by Methuselah Tree



Douglas Fir with sword-like
branches thrust forward to
protect Methuselah from harm.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 3:16 pm
Skyline Boulevard, Department of Water
Guardian Douglas Fir by Methuselah Tree


Methuselah & Douglas Fir—
Are you two husband & wife
or the best of friends?

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 3:42 pm
Starhill Road & Native Son Road Sign
near CM08 Gate of El Corte De Madera


Starhill Road sign came
out so faint that it was
redone in Photoshop.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 3:43 pm
Starhill Road and CM08 Entrance
to El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve


Is this the Guardian Tree
at the West Gate?—
Please let this hiker enter.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 3:44 pm
Starhill Road and CM08 Entrance
to El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve


El Corte De Madera
west side entrance
via CM08 Gate.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 3:46 pm
Starhill Road and CM08 Entrance
to El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve


El Corte De Madera
trail signpost with
mountain lion warning.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 3:53 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: Tree curving to sky


One tree shoot straight up
like an arrow, the other
curves and weaves to sky.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 3:57 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: Young Madrone Tree


Young Madrone whose bark
feels cold to the touch—
Ah, refrigerator tree!

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 3:58 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: Baby Madrone Tree


A baby Madrone
on the Methuselah Trail—
the youngest I've seen.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 4:02 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: "Old Hag" tree roots


Fallen Redwood roots
look like an Old Hag
cursing those crossing her way.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 4:03 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: "Old Hag" tree roots


Place a circle of light
around you to avoid
the Old Hag syndrome.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 4:07 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: Branches to sky


Redwood branches dancing
the Fibonacci— spiral
up to heaven.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 4:14 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: Signpost to trails


Methuselah Trail
winds down to the creek
so we need to climb back up.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 4:34 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: First Wooden Bridge


First wooden bridge is
quite shallow with no water
flowing at this time.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 4:40 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: Second Wooden Bridge


Second wooden bridge is
also shallow with sight
of ferns in the flat.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 4:44 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: Split log on trail


No horseback riding
on this trail but two bikers
just sped down the hill.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 4:45 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: Sword ferns


Patch of sword ferns
shaded by redwoods sway
softly in the autumn breeze.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 4:48 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: Fallen logs in ravine


Fallen redwood logs
criss-cross in the ravine
as if they are fencing.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 4:52 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: Trees to the sky


Tall Douglas Firs soar
high to the sky dancing
in circle of sunlight.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 5:02 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: Clouds over trees


Ghost cloud swimming
in pale blue sea of sky
above towering redwoods.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 5:03 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: Clouds over trees


White heron cloud flies
across the pale blue sky
as the redwoods look on.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 5:06 pm
El Corte De Madera Creek Preserve
Methuselah Trail: "Sentinel" Redwood


This soaring Redwood
is the "Forest Sentinel"
at first wooden bridge.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 5:50 pm
Starhill Road near CM08 entrance
to El Corte De Madera Preserve
Friend spotted this Arched Tree


Friend spotted this gem
and took photo of arched tree
with two upright branches.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 5:55 pm
Starhill Road near CM08 entrance
to El Corte De Madera Preserve
Arched Tree bathed with sunlight


Arched tree by Starhill Road—
secret Star Gate passage
to another world?

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 6:37 pm
Sand Hill Road east of Highway 280
Photo of half moon and clouds from car


Took photo from side window
showing half moon and clouds
above trees and hills.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 6:40 pm
Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park
Hotel Rosewood Sand Hill Parking Lot
Phoenix Cloud in sky near sunset


Friend stopped her car
so I could photograph this
Phoenix Cloud in the sky.

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 6:42 pm
Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park
Hotel Rosewood Sand Hill Parking Lot
Bird Cloud in sky near sunset


Beautiful orange sunset
with a giant bird cloud
spanning its wings in sky.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 6:43 pm
Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park
Hotel Rosewood Sand Hill Parking Lot
Half Moon and a Lion Head Cloud


There's a Lion Head cloud
facing the Half Moon—
will it spring forward?

Sunday, September 27, 2009, 6:44 pm
Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park
Hotel Rosewood Sand Hill Parking Lot
Giant Hawk Cloud above the sunset


A giant Hawk Cloud
soars over sea of sky
with the glorious sunset.
Sunday, September 27, 2009, 6:45 pm
Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park
Hotel Rosewood Sand Hill Parking Lot
Bird Cloud in sky near sunset


Here's another bird cloud
spreading its giant wings
over a single tree.



— Peter Y. Chou, Mountain View, September 28, 2009



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