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Limber Pine

Limber Pine
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Copyright: Jan Smith (lovenature) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 987 W: 52 N: 1787] (6391)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-07
Categories: Trees
Camera: Canon 30D, Canon EFS 17-85 IS USM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-02-08 15:05
Viewed: 4329
Points: 14
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Limber Pine
Pinus flexilis

Usually a smaller, twisted and scrubby tree with short limbs. As the tree ages it's branches droop and the tips become upturned. Limber Pine create large cones up to 20 cm long.

It's found at higher elevations in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and SE British Columbia.

The name Limber refers to the ability to flex with heavy snow and ice.

This tree is heavy with frost. I thought it looked so nice against the blue sky.

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eng55, Jamesp, ubc64, roges, jusninasirun, Adanac has marked this note useful
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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2010-02-08 22:27]

Hi Janice,
Beautiful capture of this tree against the blu sky.Well seen and composed.I liked details and visual impact a lot.
Thanks for posting..

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-02-08 23:39]

Hi Janice

Nice capture of this pine. Great pov and excellent framing.

Best wishes


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  • ubc64 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 76 W: 21 N: 208] (789)
  • [2010-02-09 13:14]

Hi Janice,

What a wonderful blue sky! We haven't seen too many of those around here lately. Your capture of the Limber pine is very attractive. You seem to have caught it in just the right light. It looks like a very rugged and defiant tree.

I did a little research on Limber pines. I found it interesting that Limber pines can be seen at both lower and higher elevations in the Rockies -- depending on the geographical area (see The American Journal of Botony site: http://www.amjbot.org/cgi/content/full/87/12/1797). "In the northern Rocky Mountains and west, limber pine is generally found at lower elevations with whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis Engelm.) occupying the higher elevations. In the southern Rocky Mountains limber pine grows at high-elevation sites and is displaced at the lower elevations by southwestern white pine (Pinus strobiformis Engelm.). In the central Rocky Mountains limber pine grows from below the lower tree line to the upper tree line, from 1600 m at Pawnee Buttes to >3300 m at Rollins Pass. Limber pine's elevational range is wider than any co-occurring tree species." Apparently, the reason for this wide range is that seeds of the Limber pine are dispersed by birds and rodents, rather than by the wind.

I enjoyed your posting, and the opportunity to do a little research on this member of the subgenus Strobus (or white pine). TFS.

See you,

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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-02-09 15:55]

Hello Janice,
What magnificent landscape!
Exceptional POV with some details and top colors.
Overall yes a very beautiful composition, my congratulations.

You are right Janice. The tree looks very, very nice against the saturated blue sky. The shape of the tree is stunning with blossoming white flowers welcoming the awaited spring.

Love the framing and you have metered the exposure very well. Thanks for sharing and best regards.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-02-14 10:22]

Hi Janice,
We have much more snow then what I see in this lovely image. The temperatures have been much warm in the hills as well. Send some our way, thanks for sharing Janice.

nice portrait, tFS Ori

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