Trees - Photographs For Sale In Prints, Greeting Cards and PostersTrees are important for the environment and for the development of civilization, valuable and necessary for our very own survival. And the continuous existence of trees is what makes our lives better. The tree is your best friend.
Whitebark Pine Tree - Iconic Endangered Keystone Species
The Whitebark Pine is not just any tree! It is a 'pioneer species' and may be was the first species of tree to colonize the pumice covered slopes of today Crater Lake, Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.
These spritely-looking trees are the king of their ecosystem, providing shelter and windbreaks for other plants and animals. Its shade slows the melting of snow and its roots stabilize the soil.
Crater Lake's iconic whitebark pine trees have been dying for decades and ecologists estimate that they will be wiped out within 50 years. Whitebark Pines may soon become the first major tree species to be listed under the Endangered Species Act
Whitebark Pine at Crater Lake's rim - Oregon
Whitebark pine is the dominant timberline tree in subalpine habitats at Crater Lake and Lassen Volcanic National Parks, Oregon. They live at high elevations under harsh, cold, windy conditions. The trunks and branches grow away from the wind creating a gnarled, sculpted tree. Dead limbs on the exposed, windward side of the tree protect and provide shelter for limbs on the other side.
Whitebark pine trees produce large seeds that Clark's Nutcrackers, large, black-and-white, crow-like birds, collect and cache - and spread. The teamwork between tree and bird works so well that the whitebarks depend entirely on the nutcracker to reproduce.
Bristlecone Pine - 'I am not part of history - history is part of me'
Bristlecone pines, growing at high altitudes in the American West, are intriguing and very interesting trees. They can get very old, some of them dating back to over 4,700 years ago.
As here in the White Mountains of Inyo County in eastern California between the Eastern Sierra Nevada and Death Valley, bristlecone pines are found high up in the tree line at the very margin of their habitat, where conditions are the most extreme. Few plants have managed to adapt to this evironment, but the bristlecone pine has. The short growing season seems to allow these pine trees to "stretch" their life span.
Bristlecone Pine trees can remain standing for hundreds of years after death. They fall because the supporting roots finally decay or are undermined by erosion.
The environment is so harsh, that when the bristlecone pine tree dies, it doesn't simply rot away. Instead Bristlecone Pines are petrified and erode away from exposure to wind, water and frost.
Bristlecone Pine - A survival expert
The biblical Methuselah, ancestor to Noah, was said to have lived 969 years. The world's oldest living thing, the Methuselah Tree, a Bristlecone Pine in California's White Mountains, has endured almost five times as long.
Living in the highest altitudes of California's mighty Sierra Nevada, Bristlecone Pine trees (Pinus longaeva) have evolved survival strategies that might make other plants green with envy. They put a greater premium on getting by than on getting big. It is an ability that, perhaps more than any other, allows the species to last longer than most civilizations. How ever truncated and gnarled that tree is, it is still the very same tree that was a seedling when King Tut was a boy.
Moss-draped trees on Tiger Mountain WT USA
Green of moss is one of the most intense greens we can encounter in our natural environments. And mosses are a very important factor in forests, especially the large old-growth trees in the coastal temperate rainforests that stretch from Southern Alaska to Northern California.
The interactions between old trees, mosses, and a group of bacteria called cyanobacteria associated with the mosses, contribute to nutrient dynamics in a way that sustains the long-term productivity of these forests. Cyanobacteria take nitrogen from the atmosphere and make it available to plants. They are more abundant in mosses high above the ground, and up there they "fix" twice as much nitrogen as those associated with mosses on the forest floor.
Sitka Spruce Burls on the Olympic Coast Olympic National Park WA
The rugged coastlines of the Olympic Peninsula and Olympic National Park are lined with sometimes difficult-to-access beaches and spectacular forests. The stretch between Highway 101 and Beach 1 is particularly fascinating for tree lovers.
The big bulges on Beach One's ocean side spruces "the burls" are non-cancerous tumors. Damage to the tips or buds of the Sitka Spruces causes the cells to divide more rapidly. The ocean seems to be an important factor in forming the burls - the salty air may irritate the damaged buds. Burls yield a very peculiar and highly figured wood, prized for its beauty as well as its rarity. However, the Sitka spruce burls in the coastal forest near Beach 1 are not harvested for use. Removing the tremendous-size burl would cause the death of the tree.
Shelf Fungus on bark - Quinault temperate rain forest - Olympic Peninsula WA
Take a mild coastal climate, which rarely freezes in winter or goes above 80 degrees in summer, add a good dose of rain (say 12 feet (3,50 meter) or so a year), add some summer fog and you have the ingredients for a rare temperate rain forest.
With so few temperate rain forests in the world, those found in the Pacific Northwest, e.g. in Washington's Olympic National Park, take on a very special role as a valuable ecosystem.
The fungi we see are only the tip of the iceberg. Only when it is time for reproduction does the fungus produce a fruiting body, which appears on the surface for the sole purpose of propagating spores to spread the fungus to new areas.
Quinault Valley Olympic Peninsula WA - Exposed Root Structure of a Giant Tree
Quinault in the valley formed by the Quinault River and Lake Quinault on the Olympic Peninsula in the State of Washington is called the "Valley of the Rain Forest Giants". The largest trees in the World outside of California's Redwoods are located in this valley. Record size Western Red Cedar, Sitka Spruce, Western Hemlock, Alaskan Cedar and Mountain Hemlock are found in the forest as well as five of the top ten largest Douglas-firs.
Solitude, serenity, beauty, peacefulness and myself. These are some of the things I find in Quinault.The silence of a place so padded with mosses, fringed by ferns, flanked by giant trees and roots is almost complete. This isolated area is one of my all-time favorite places.
Seasons of Magic - Hoh Rainforest Olympic National Park WA
The Hoh Rainforest in northwest Washington, the most lush and wettest spot in the contiguous 48 states, is one of nature's wonders.
The only temperate coniferous rainforest in the world, it's a beauty to behold. There is not a tree, dead or alive, that doesn't host life. Mosses cover the tree trunks and you wonder what is lurking inside ... look just so you might see sprites dancing in the sunlight. Olympic National Park's Hoh Rainforest is that kind of place.
Lone Cypress - The icon of Pebble Beach California
The old cypress, sitting on a rocky outcropping at Spanish Bay near Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsular, CA, was a sapling when the Spanish named Monterey the capital of Baja (lower) and Alta (upper) California.
The first reported reference to the tree in the Monterey Cypress (newspaper) on January 19, 1889 was written by R. Fitch: "Rounding a short curve on the beach, we approach Cypress Point, the boldest headland on the peninsula of Monterey. Down almost to the water grows the cypress, and on the extreme point a solitary tree has sunk its roots in the crevices of the wave-washed rock, and defies the battle of the elements that rage about it during the storms of winter."
Shadows of Winter
Snow is many things: Light, a mirror, a ground cover, a clean canvas, a blank page ready to be written on.
Stillness. Silence. Clarity of air. Nostrils tingle. Breath condenses. Fresh snow, pure and innocent, new snow, white, glistening, soft, powdery snow, feet crunching pristine snow. A pure joy!
Snow makes everything seem quiet and peaceful, especially when the sun casts long, dramatic, cascading shadows like from this bare tree. Shadows sharp and dark, shadows light and fuzzy, light absorbed, light reflected, snow sparkle, ice glare. Snow lights up shade, creates mirrors, provides contrast. What a wonderful winterworld!
Even common trees are amazing enough, but some trees are just spectacular, fascinating and visually stunning whether by their sheer size, age or shape or through mysterious properties they seem to possess.
Paperbark trees can grow to be a very large tree in its native habitat in China. The common name "paperbark" refers to the fact that the tree's bark peels away from the trunk, an ornamental attribute valued by gardeners. Big and old their bark resembles tan colored paper.
Not only is the Paperbark Tree exquisitely beautiful, but it is also a rare Chinese species.