True fir refers to any species of fir that are in the genus of Abies. Species like red fir, Abies magnifica, and white fir, Abies concolor, are true fir. Douglas-fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, is not a true fir. The gallery pictures are of a high elevation, old growth true fir forest. This stand is over 6,000 feet elevation. Click the pictures to enlarge.
This true fir stand is on the Lassen National Forest.
Sugar pine, front left, is a pine commonly associated with the true fir forest.
Lookin’ up! Jeffery pine is also a component of this forest. The Jeffery pines are the two trees in the lower left. The other trees are red fir.
Big trees become big snags eventually. These snags are important to cavity dwelling wildlife.
The bumble bee is a common resident in these parts. This bee is gathering pollen from a whitethorn bush.
Red fir cones.
A dead tree becomes a log. The opening created by the loss of this tree is an opportunity for new seedlings to take root.
The high elevation true fir forests are among my favorite places to work during the heat of summer.