Some photographs of trees
Geotripper has a post discussing trees — and asking if others have a favorite tree. I’m not sure if I have one favorite tree, but this made me look through my field photograph collection (I love any excuse to do this) to find photos of trees.
My master’s work was in the Delaware Mts of west Texas (I’ve blogged about this area before here, here, here, here, and here). Although madrones are common in parts of California, they are very rare in the Delaware Mountains (more common in higher elevations of the region). This single madrone captured our awe and must’ve been a special place for native Americans as we came across some pottery shards and grinding pits in the rock (what are those called again?) nearby.
The brilliant orange-red bark of the madrone stands out amongst the relatively drab sandstone cliffs and other green plants.
This next one (below) is not really an in situ tree but part of one that was buried in the beach sand. This is along the California coast just south of Eureka.
The next one (below) shows some trees populating a sandy ridge we were hiking down in Patagonia a couple years ago.
What this little exercise revealed is that I need to take more photographs of trees!