Amazing Trees—The Unique and the Odd

Celebrating the beauty and uniqueness of trees. Please enjoy! (All photos by Nathan or Sandi Lawrence)

A 4,500Y Year-Old tree Tree Stump. This ancient Sitka spruce relic is located at Beverly Beach State Park on Oregon coast.

Spirit Lake at Mount Saint Helens. Almost 40 years after the 1980 Mount Saint Helens volcanic eruption, Spirit Lake is still covered with floating old growth conifer logs.

“Healed” Tree Stump. In a forest of Douglas fir trees, when a tree is cut down and stump is left, you’ll sometimes find the tree stump healed over. Why is this? This is because all the tree roots are connected—a literal family of trees—and when one is wounded the remaining living trees heal the wound of the cut tree to prevent diseases from entering into the tree family.

New growth is already beginning to form on this “dead” fir stump. Eventually, the top of the stump will be healed over.

A Wysteria “Tree.” This wysteria vine in complete bloom covers this entire 60 foot tall spruce tree near Forest Grove, Oregon.

Ghost Forest, in Neskowin, Oregon. These spruce trees are thousands of years old and landed on the beach when an earthquake occurred and the tree-covered cliffs above slid into the ocean. The trees rotted, their stumps were covered in sand and were recently revealed when the sands washed away from them.

Old Growth Western Red Cedar Trees. Ever been inside a 1,000 year-old tree stump or a 1,200 year-old live Western red cedar tree? These old giants are located in the Silver Fir Campground in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest of northern Washington State.

 

Giant Banyan Trees in Hawaii

A shopping center in Waikiki built around a giant banyan tree.

North America’s largest banyan tree located in Lahaina, Hawaii. Almost one square city block in size.

“Imprisoned” in a banyan tree jail.

Tundra Forest, Alaska. These black spruces are stunted because of the permafrost tundra that prevent their roots from growing deeply.

Ornamental Plum Tree in Full Bloom in December

Here is a flowering plum tree in full bloom in December in Wilsonville, Oregon. Go figure!

“Octopus” Tree—Beverly Beach State Park on the Oregon Coast

Vista Ridge Trail Mount Hood, Oregon in July. A few years ago, a massive forest fire devastated this side of the mountain destroying everything in its path. From the ashes, life returns and an austere beauty remains.

The ground is carpeted with avalanche lilies at the 5,000 foot level.

These old ghost-like fire snags are now home to birds that nest in them.

A Man’s Tree. This interesting Sitka spruce tree is located at Beverly Beach State Park on the Oregon coast.

Sunset at Nestucca Bay on the Oregon Coast

 

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