The Thursday Picture – High Sierra White Bark Pine

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While hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail to the Tahquitz Peak Fire Lookout in the San Bernardino National Forest this summer, I noticed several pine trees growing from the granite along the ridge trail.  I was particularly drawn to this interesting cluster of young cones surrounded by needles on several of these trees.

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However, I wasn’t sure just what kind of pine tree I was looking at!  Well, I’ve recently become a member of iNaturalist.org (Which is an online site and community for reporting personal observations of any plant or animal species in the world..Hoping that I have the correct tree!.).  I was able to compare my pictures to some pictures on this site to identify the type of tree in my picture.

I also found out that the Whitebark pine is threatened by:

  • an introduced fungal disease called white pine blister rust,
  • outbreaks of mountain pine beetles, and
  • increased competition from shade-loving trees caused by fire suppression
  • climate change

Please check out the Whitebark Pine Ecosystem Foundation for more information and to help this group save this tree that grows in the upper elevations of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

That’s it for now.  We are helping one of our daughter’s get ready to move back to school…so, I better get back to work!

Where are you hiking this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Half and Half

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”

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When I read this week’s photo challenge, I knew almost immediately what photo I could use.

This is a picture of Lily Rock that I took from the Devil’s Slide Trail.  I could hear climbers yelling, “belay” and, “you’ve got it!”  However, I couldn’t see them.

You can get this picture on the Devil’s Slide Trail a few hundred feet above Humber Park.

A great hike up to the US Forest Service lookout on Tahquitz Peak starts here.  My “Half and Half” entry was taken on the way down the trail….all the while, my knees were screaming at me, “Get to the car, we’re beat!”

Where are you taking your camera this weekend?

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.

The Thursday Picture – Lone Pine Falls

2010 Whitney Trail Falls DSC_4944Today’s Thursday Picture is one from my hiking archives.  Way back in 2010, my good friend Greg Jobe hiked up the Mt. Whitney Trail.  This picture is taken along the trail at Outpost Camp. That is about a 50 foot waterfall where Lone Pine Creek drops down into a little valley where Outpost Camp is located.  You can see the base of Mt. Whitney in the background.  Yes, there were still patches of snow in July…which is quite common for the Whitney Zone.

If you’re looking for me, I’m over the hill.