Our most amazing life form, I think. The tiny fir in the first photo will probably be 500 years old before it gets to the size of the large one in the second photo. I always feel very humble in the presence of a large one.
It is, and that transformation and the time it takes them to do it says a lot about this planet and how it works. That little sapling could easily live for centuries after the extinction of our species.
Thanks Anneli. Looks like we are finally going to get some snow tomorrow night, followed by three nights of sub-zero cold. Half a foot of snow on the roof will be very welcome when that cold gets here!
I hate to see forests destroyed too. All of the politicians here are working for more and more logging of our forests because they say it creates jobs. They call the forests a “renewable resource”. It is, but they don’t mention that it takes over 200 years to re-establish a forest that has been severely logged. In terms of a human’s lifespan, that is 10 generations.
Oh, those magnificent Douglas Firs – one of the very first things I noticed upon my first trip to Oregon to go house hunting was those massively tall trees. Moving there from Kansas City, I marveled at those trees the entire time we lived in the Pacific Northwest. I miss them and really enjoyed these photos, Montucky.
I love that second shot with the snow on the trees. It embodies the picture of winter that I carry in my mind.
I’m surprised that young ponderosa pines look virtually identical to our white pines (Pinus strobus).
As you probably know most of our forests don’t look like this in Australia! Magnificent trees. Amazing isn’t it how something small and fragile becomes so tall and majestic. Those mature trees have had a few generations of people walking under them in their lifespan so far! Thanks for the lovely pics. 🙂
Baby trees are wonderful. It’s just amazing how they can survive — and yet, that’s what they’re created to do. I was interested in the comments about clear-cutting, reforestation and such. One of the things I’ve learned to recognize in the boats I work on is the difference between old-growth teak and mahogany, and wood taken from new trees. It is possible to farm trees, but the timetable has to be a little more extended than most people are happy with. Christmas tree farms are one thing — reforesting mountain sides is quite another.
Yes, there are places and reasons for tree farms, but not in these western mountains which have shallow, rocky soil and only around 15 inches of rain each year. I’ve see places where bad logging practices have permanently destroyed the ability of the forest to recover.