Ancient Whitebark Pine

Most of the "ghost trees" near the summit of Lookout Mountain are whitebark pines. This is a remarkable species of "natural bonsai" that has adapted to life in the most extreme environments of the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. This specimen is hundreds of years old. The center snag is actually still supporting living wood, as evidenced by the sweep of branches growing along the left side of the bleached trunk.

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 All images ©Tom Kloster 2001