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An Austere Place
Lens: HD-DA 55-300 Camera: K-1 ii Photo Location: North Fork American River, CA ISO: 200 Shutter Speed: 1/60s Aperture: F16 
Posted By: angkymac, 07-18-2021, 05:07 PM

A Western White Pine seed took root on an austere rocky cliff, part of Big Valley Bluff, some 3600 nearly vertical feet above the North Fork of the American River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains (total elevation about 6400 feet).
I can't help but admire the tough little thing, living on a bit of snow and ice, bright alpine sun, and a lot of fierce wind.
One small photo in its honor!
Angky.

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07-18-2021, 05:22 PM   #2
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A classic pictorial of the art of survival...........well spotted
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Amazing the places a tree can take root.
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QuoteOriginally posted by eaglem Quote
A classic pictorial of the art of survival...........well spotted
Thanks! Actually, the sun spotted it for me; then it was down to me to snatch the image before the light moved. No time for my tripod--alas!
Glad you appreciate the survival instinct!
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QuoteOriginally posted by DWS1 Quote
Amazing the places a tree can take root.
Now isn't that the truth!!!
And that little seedling has at least 3 winters and summers on it, but it still clings there, green and alive!
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A fitting tribute. Thanks for sharing!
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Nice capture of a plant trying to grow in an inhospitable place. It's amazing how they can.
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Perfect light to capture this scene, beautiful

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Well seen and photographed Angky. Trees like this are responsible for much of the shaping of the western mountains and canyons. Their roots get a toe-hold and a hundred years later the rock is split apart and eroding.
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A nice tribute to the wonders of nature.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Mr. Ed Quote
A fitting tribute. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for the note-- from me and from the little tree.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bertrand3000 Quote
Nice capture of a plant trying to grow in an inhospitable place. It's amazing how they can.
Indeed! It continues to fascinate me to find such wonders. So I have to grab the shot, boring or not.
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QuoteOriginally posted by othar Quote
Perfect light to capture this scene, beautiful
Yes! The light, indeed! Very wonderfully provided to me.
Thanks for your appreciation.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ToddK Quote
Well seen and photographed Angky. Trees like this are responsible for much of the shaping of the western mountains and canyons. Their roots get a toe-hold and a hundred years later the rock is split apart and eroding.
Isn't that amazing?! Solid granite, and yet a tiny crack holds water, captures lichens, and captures a seed. And the enormous mountain breaks apart!
Thanks!
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QuoteOriginally posted by MikeNArk Quote
A nice tribute to the wonders of nature.
Thank you!
I do indeed see it as a kind of tribute of appreciation to things of beauty whose power is beyond my own control.
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QuoteOriginally posted by angkymac Quote
A Western White Pine seed took root on an austere rocky cliff, part of Big Valley Bluff, some 3600 nearly vertical feet above the North Fork of the American River in the Sierra Nevada Mountains (total elevation about 6400 feet).
I can't help but admire the tough little thing, living on a bit of snow and ice, bright alpine sun, and a lot of fierce wind.
One small photo in its honor!
Angky.
probably not a great long term prognosis for the seedling - it's difficult to get a sense of scale unless you're familiar with the location
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probably not a great long term prognosis for the seedling - it's difficult to get a sense of scale unless you're familiar with the location
Right you are!
I should show the scale somehow, but that was a tough shot to get--quite a long ways away, and in a very *large* environment. Had to go telephoto just to get the little 3-year-old seedling, and there was a lot of rock above and below. Would have been a good shot for a wide-angle close-up with a little bug included in the image for scale. But no way I could get over there. Anyway, it is a very tiny tree in a very large chunk of rock, and high up in the air.
Maybe I should have taken two shots and posted both of them. One at wide angle (tree virtually invisible) to show that environment, and one to show the tree away off over there...
Thanks for the reminder about showing scale!
Angky.
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