Forestry Friday … Ponderosa Pine

The subject of this week’s Forestry Friday is Ponderosa pine.  It is a tree that I deal with in my job everyday.  I been involved in the harvesting and planting of millions of these trees.  Ponderosa pine is one of the most common pines in the Western United States.  It’s range goes from British Columbia to Mexico.  It is an important commercial species and a member of the yellow pine family.  It is a three needle pine.  Now that is enough silviculture class.  You can look up all the information on Ponderosa pine you want online, but I want to look this tree with an artistic eye.  It is one of my favorite trees.watercolor, watercolour, Ponderosa pine, golden retriever

Hunter and the big pine.

I always enjoy painting Ponderosa pines with their big bark plates.  These big old trees have a very artistic look to them.  I did this watercolor from a photo of Hunter, my old dog, sitting in front of a big pine.  It isn’t a great composition, but I liked Hunter sitting in front of this tree and making his “eager” face.

I want to give you a look into my world among these amazing trees.  So enjoy I hope you enjoy the images.

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Ponderosa pine cones ripening.

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Pine seedlings in a burn restoration. That’s me with Blaze and Hunter in 2006.

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Big old pine in the Coast Range. Teka taking a stroll through the pines.

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Casting long shadows.

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Ponderosa pine saplings.

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The cones are open and their seeds have dispersed.

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Young pine poles.

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Pines in the mist.

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Forest giant.

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Stately pines.

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East-side pine.

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Pine thinning.

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Pine cones on the forest floor.

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Hunter and Blaze in a sea of young Ponderosa pine trees. Blitz got the day off so instead a photo of Hunter, Blitz’s dad, and Aunty Blaze.  My old travel companions from days gone by.

63 thoughts on “Forestry Friday … Ponderosa Pine

  1. Lovely texture in that bark… I don’t know why but I enjoy tactile things like that; I often find myself only appreciating a tree fully once I’ve felt its bark 🙂 You captured it nicely in the painting too 🙂

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  2. Tim thats take me to a super weekend love each one of them, of-course your super painting. One really attract my attention.. that guy modeling in the middle of nowhere.. Have a super weekend among your giant super mighty pines trees with your super trained bodyguards.

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  3. Thank you for the insight into your world – and Hunter’s. It’s a much more personal insight than wikipaedia and you’ve already done the hard work in capturing the essential information and the essence of the subjects in your images. 🙂

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