Photographer's Note

Another jump in my archive, the picture from my West Coast trip in 2008. Recently I have seen in a travelers cafe a slideshow from the National Parks in USA. After that I looked in my photos. Quite often the people ask me what was my most beautiful journey. I do not know, I liked so much many of them. But Probably Peru, Mexico and West Coast are on the top.

Here the trunk and some branches of the old Juniper seen in Olmsted Point.

Unlike other conifers, Western Junipers prefer solitude and seek out the desolate wind-swept granite slopes. Here they live detached, not only from other species, but from others of their own kind. They share with White-bark Pines the desire for the seclusion to be found on bleak heights with winter storms for company and granite crevices for homes. In such inhospitable habitations, junipers develop grotesque shapes, becoming picturesque to a degree found in no other Yosemite tree. Their stocky, gnarled trunks are widely buttressed at the base with long, exposed roots clinging tenaciously in serpentine fashion to small cracks. They seldom attain any great height, being dismantled by snow avalanches and lightning or pruned by the fierce winds of winter. The branches are frequently dead on the side exposed to storms but flourishing on the other side where they stand out horizontally or droop slightly like arms reaching for support.
as a species the Western juniper ranks well above its common associates in the matter of longevity. Trees five and six feet in diameter are not at all uncommon and those from which core samples were taken gave evidence of being between 900 and 1000 years old. The longevity of the species certainly equals that of the Coast Redwood and in few instances rivals that of the Giant Sequoia. Perhaps it is significant that the sequoia, the juniper and the bald cypress of Oaxaca, Mexico, all long-lived trees, belong to kindred families. The largest juniper found by Clock in this region has a diameter of fourteen feet at five feet above the ground, and was computed to be 2900 years old. (After
How old can be this tree?

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  • Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10756 W: 146 N: 27092] (129723)
  • Genre: Luoghi
  • Medium: Colore
  • Date Taken: 2008-08-30
  • Categories: Natura
  • Esposizione: 1/21 secondi
  • Versione Foto: Versione Originale
  • Date Submitted: 2018-02-09 15:24
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