Madera County is the geographic middle of the state; it is halfway between Mexico and Oregon. To mark the spot where north meets south, someone planted two trees in the median of Highway 99, a few miles south of the city of Madera. The northern tree is a redwood, and the southern is a palm tree.
Last winter, the redwood fell down during a storm. Southern California appeared victorious in the eternal struggle.
Now, the North will rise again: CalTrans has planted a new redwood tree.
(Who would have guessed that CalTrans would be party to something that this? Do they have a personality, or even a soul? I never would have guessed.)