I collected this western white pine in Dec. 2005 from southeast Arizona at around 9,000' elevation. It was growing at the base of a 40' cliff of granite. For all of its long life it experienced snow and ice plummeting from the cliff onto its trunk, which explains the shari along its trunk. There was a large branch over 8' in length I sawed off before lifting the tree; the tree I have today was built entirely from one lower branch. It was very little trouble to lift it and I'm surprised it stayed put for 3 or more centuries in such a precarious spot. I don't have any pictures from 2005; the first photo is from 2007 and was shot just prior to work started in Mike Hagedorn's study group here in Portland. I had started to style the tree as an informal upright, but Michael had other ideas...
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