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Spectacular Sierra junipers

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Among my favorite trees in nature is this Sierra juniper.

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spectacular Sierra juniper

The tree sits on a throne facing East, where it enjoys limited protection against the wind. It gives evidence of a long and torturous existence. How big is it?

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Standing on the rock behind the tree perspective

quite large. Dead wood is frightening.

Deadwood

detail Deadwood

Possibly because I take enjoyment of both being in the mountains, much less be near these trees, this was the first visit in the I was able to step back and appreciate how these junipers survive in that environment. One thing I noticed surprised me. Although the winding specimens occasionally cascaded down the granite, which grew more often up , with the support of the boulders that came their roots.

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Juniper creeping up the rock

In addition to providing a solid support for the roots, boulders provide support to the branches trying to grow into light. When there was no stone to hold, and when a slight bulge in the stone provided additional shelter, the branch cascading down occasionally.

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cascading branch

further down the same stone was a fully juniper cascade.

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Cascade Sierra juniper

line deadwood and trunk is impressive

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Contorted deadwood

I found a surprising number of trees that followed the same general pattern – roots coming out of stone and a figure that reflects the shape of the rock below. On the smaller side, some of them no more than 3 extended “above the base of the roots.

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compact juniper

Some trees more large followed the same pattern.

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One of my favorite silhouettes

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junipers growing at the base of large boulders acquired very different characteristics. the big juniper then a variety of deadwood ranging from winding and winding the wild and splintered sported

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Large Sierra juniper. – no twists in the main trunk

The branches were a different story.

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zigzags

below this, a lower trunk wore what appeared to be a wave or a fold soft fabric.

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Deadwood at the bottom of the trunk

the side with the greatest exposure to the elements looked.

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wild deadwood

I took a different route he had taken in the past, it took me about new trees – some alive, some dead. The dead specimen below had some of the most beautiful and flame as the movement in the mountain.

Deadwood

long dead juniper

On the leeward side of the stone that once grew this tree was one of my new favorites. The down shot fails to convey the highlights, but the short version is that the tree begins with a base of more than 6 meters wide and tapers at all at 3 ‘, which loops around the tree down behind rock shelter. A branch cascading protrudes to the right.

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Looping apex branch cascade

Right under this tree I found a juniper semi waterfall. The giant base was about 6 ‘wide.

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Semi-cascade Sierra juniper

Other junipers simply formed by shapes like corkscrews below.

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juniper Corkscrew

More common – and most iconic -. Were specimens that rose at one point but then were beaten by the elements and fell to a much lower height

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upright juniper

These specimens there is no doubt which side bears the weight of the items.

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I windswept Sierra juniper

This phenomenon is supported by the overall picture on which sticks around that it is not anchored to the stone.

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Pausing to enjoy the view

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