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Red fir bark Lodgepole Pine bark Cedar on the rocks
Red Fir Lodgepole Pine Cedar on the rocks
  
Sugar Pine bark Western White Pine bark Jeffrey Pine bark
Sugar Pine Western White Pine Jeffrey Pine
   
Dead juniper Dew on Bull Pine needles
Gnarly dead juniper Dew on
Bull Pine needles

Utah Juniper in Canyonlands National Park

  
Bristlecone pine cone Bristlecone pines - the world's oldest living thing
Forest debris, Sierra National Forest Bristlecone pine cone Bristlecone pines - the world's oldest living thing
  
Cut end of log, with pitch oozing out Close up of the ring pattern Grandfather Tree near Richardson Grove on Highway 101
Cut end of log, with pitch oozing out Close up of the ring pattern Grandfather Tree near Richardson Grove on Highway 101
  
Drippy evergreen leaves near Pt. Reyes Woodpecker larder tree Coast redwood bark
Drippy evergreen needles near Pt. Reyes Woodpecker larder tree Coast redwood bark
  
Jeffrey Pine Jeffrey Pines on slope across road from camp Dew on evergreens at Point Reyes Seashor
Jeffrey Pine at Stargazer Rock Jeffrey Pines cover this hillside Dew on evergreens at Point Reyes Seashore
   
    Old Granddad Tree, Nelder Grove, Sierra National Forest Bull Buck Tree, Nelder Grove Base of Bull Buck
Old Granddad Tree, Nelder Grove, Sierra National Forest Bull Buck Tree, Nelder Grove Base of Bull Buck
   
Woodpecker larder tree, San Joaquin Gorge Red firs near Rock Creek Big sugar pine in an area with no other sugar pines

Woodpecker larder tree, San Joaquin Gorge

Red firs near Rock Creek Big sugar pine in an area with no other sugar pines
   
Dead bull pines with many cones   Mature bull pine Fallen bull pine
Dead bull pines with many cones Mature bull pine Fallen bull pine
   
Junipers thrive in rocky areas Harsh winters keep the trees "pruned" Rugged juniper on June Lake Loop near Mono Lake
Junipers thrive in rocky areas Harsh winters keep the trees "pruned" Rugged juniper on June Lake Loop near Mono Lake
  
Giant Sequoias on Redwood Mountain
Giant Sequoias on Redwood Mountain
  
A future fir forest
A future fir forest
  
Top of a big sugar pine in Nelder Grove, Madera County CA    Limber pine bark Ponderosa pine

Top of a big sugar pine in Nelder Grove, Madera County CA

Limber pine bark Ponderosa pine
  
Dead Jeffrey Pine, Mono Hot Springs, Fresno County CA Jeffrey Pine shows clearly which way the wind blows Tree near top of peak survives despite harsh conditions
Dead Jeffrey Pine, Mono Hot Springs, Fresno County CA Jeffrey Pine on Alta Vista Peak knows which way the wind blows Tree near top of peak survives despite harsh conditions
   
The octomom of pine trees Pine cones gathered at San Joaquin Gorge White fir rises above most other trees
The octomom of pine trees

Pine cones gathered at San Joaquin Gorge

White fir rises above most other trees
  
Guardian pines Closeup of the cones
Guardian pines on a ridge top Cones on deodar, Clovis, CA Close-up of the cones
  
Bristlecone pines in Great Basin Natinal Park An especially fine example of nature's sculpture work This dead bristlecone stands like a sentinel at the edge of the grove

Bristlecone pines in Great Basin Natinal Park

An especially fine example of nature's sculpture work This dead bristlecone stands like a sentinel at the edge of the grove
   
A close look at those bristly cones Dead tops testify to the rugged environment endured by this bristlecone pine Male bull pine cones
A close look at those bristly cones Dead tops testify to the rugged environment endured by bristlecones Male bull pine cones
   
Thick evergreen forest lines the valley of the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Parkl Piñon cone in Great Basin National Park, Nevada Juniper in Great Basin Park
Thick evergreen forest by the Colorado River in Rocky Mountain National Park Piñon cone in Great Basin National Park, Nevada Juniper in Great Basin Park
  
Dead piñon in Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado A striking juniper in the monument A large piñon tree in Dinosaur National Monument
Dead piñon in Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado A striking juniper in the monument A large piñon tree in Dinosaur National Monument
   
Drooping branch on bull pine Still puts out lots of cones Two giants along the Shadow of the Giants Trail in Nelder Grove
Drooping branch on bull pine Still puts out lots of cones Twin giants along the Shadow of the Giants Trail in Nelder Grove
  
Exposed root in the Chimney Tree Trail at Nelder Grove Ancient cedar log A fine incense cedar specimen
Exposed root in the Chimney Tree Trail at Nelder Grove Ancient cedar log A fine incense cedar specimen
  
Close-up of cedar bark Bull pines cut down and cut up near Lake Millerton Young pines and cedars in Sierra National Forest
Close-up of cedar bark Bull pines cut down and cut up near Lake Millerton Young pines and cedars in Sierra National Forest
   
Ponderosa pine, a rare sight near to the coast, Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park Young bull pine shares space with a large bush lupine A young bull pine
Ponderosa pine, a rare sight near the coast, Cowell Redwoods State Park Young bull pine shares space with a large bush lupine A young bull pine
  
  Fungus on bull pine Bull Pine (AKA Digger Pine) Knob cone pines in Cowell Park
Fungus on bull pine Bull Pine (AKA Digger Pine)
(J. Sidney photo)
Knob cone pines in Cowell Park
  
Redwood log section hosts several varities of fungus Rugged juniper Base of a large cedar

Redwood log section hosts several varieties of fungus

Rugged juniper in Nevada Base of a large cedar on the Lewis Creek Trail
  
Big western white pine Two lodgepole pines, one vertical
Big western white pine Cones from Western White Pine Two lodgepole pines, one vertical
  
Juniper ont he Kaiser Pass Road This Jeffrey Pine started to fall, but the roots held Flower with a big red fir as background

Juniper on the Kaiser Pass Road

This Jeffrey Pine started to fall, but the roots held

Flower with a big red fir as background

  
Western white pine on the Taft Point Trail in Yosemite Base of Western white pine Red firs on the trail
Western white pine on the Taft Point Trail in Yosemite Base of Western white pine Red firs on the trail
    
Cones on deodar cedars Cones by the Old Town Trail in Clovis Distinctive bark of a ponderosa pine
Cones on deodar cedars

Cones by the Old Town Trail in Clovis

Distinctive bark of a ponderosa pine

    
Ponderosa on Old Yosemite Road above Oakhurst Raindrops on pine tree in the mountains above Oakhurst   This bull pine really shows why its other name is gray pine

Ponderosa on Old Yosemite Road above Oakhurst

Raindrops on pine tree in the mountains above Oakhurst   This bull pine really shows why its other name is gray pine
    
A bull pine with more than enough cones Young bull pine beside the road into the San Joaquin Gorge These pines germinated when the lake was low due to drought

A bull pine with more than enough cones

Young bull pine beside the road into the San Joaquin Gorge These pines germinated when the lake was low due to drought
    
Leaning pine by the San Joaquin River Trail Are these cones what make it lean? Lots of pine cones on the ground at San Joaquin Gorge
Leaning pine by the San Joaquin River Trail Are these cones what make it lean? Lots of pine cones on the ground at San Joaquin Gorge
   
The General Grant Tree
The General Grant Tree
     
A stately fir towers over its neighbors above Huntington Lake Red firs beside the Rancheria Falls Trail near Huntington Lake This young fir has a nice crop of cones
A stately fir towers over its neighbors above Huntington Lake Red firs beside the Rancheria Falls Trail near Huntington Lake

This young fir has a nice crop of cones

  
Newly fallen Jeffrey Pine at Bald Mountain Base Camp The way it looked a year earlier The morning sun caught these sugar pine cones just right

Newly fallen Jeffrey Pine at Bald Mountain Base Camp...

...and the way it looked a year earlier The morning sun caught these sugar pine cones just right
  
A stately Jeffrey pine... ...and its badly stunted little relative You could see sap drip from this trio every minute or so
A stately Jeffrey pine... ...and its badly stunted little relative You could see sap drip from this trio every minute or so
     
The Boole Tree, Sequoia National Forest A majestic juniper, dead but still standing tall and proud These trees remind me of an old couple that has faced the storms of life
The Boole Tree, Sequoia National Forest A majestic juniper, dead but still standing tall and proud These trees remind me of an old couple that has faced the storms of life
    
This tree above Kaiser Pass seems to say, "come on, go this way." Nature creates a beautiful sculpture in this lodgepole pine Top of a dead Jeffrey Pine
This tree above Kaiser Pass seems to say, "come on, go this way." Nature creates a beautiful sculpture in this lodgepole pine Top of a dead Jeffrey Pine
   
Another Courtright area juniper A striking dead juniper near Maxson trailhead Not very tall, but very sturdy
Another Courtright area juniper A striking dead juniper near Maxson trailhead Not very tall, but very sturdy
         
Its fellow trees kept this specimen from falling all the way down
Its fellow trees kept this specimen from falling all the way down
       
A stately Jeffrey Pine near Bear Creek Camp
A stately Jeffrey Pine near Bear Creek Camp
  
One more woodpecker tree This tree seemed to compensate for impending death with extra branches A twisted lodgepole near Courtright
One more woodpecker tree This tree seemed to compensate for impending death with extra branches A twisted lodgepole near Courtright
   
Don't touch! (Unless you want your hands covered with sticky pitch) A dramatic dead tree atop a dome in the Courtright Reservoir area Red firs and green foliage
Don't touch! (Unless you want your hands covered with sticky pitch) A dramatic dead tree atop a dome in the Courtright Reservoir area Red firs and green foliage
  
Bright green moss is common throughout the Sierra National Forest 1 Bright green moss is common throughout the Sierra National Forest 2 Bright green moss is common throughout the Sierra National Forest 3
Bright green moss is common throughout the Sierra National Forest 1 2 3
      
This bull pine made its mark when it fell Afternoon sun hits this bull pine near Pine Flat Lake Male pine cones along the Clovis trail
This bull pine made its mark when it fell Afternoon sun hits this bull pine near Pine Flat Lake Male pine cones along the Clovis trail
  
Evergreens on a ridge along Highway 33 in the Los Padres National Forest Another tree of uncertain species along Highway 33
    

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