California - steve-coyle

Woody View

Late afternoon on the Mount Whitney trail looking down the valley to Lone Pine, California. I made this shot at around 11,000 feet above sea level. The trees were thinning out and there was this old remnant of one of them on the side of the trail. In the dry environment of the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this stump had no fungus like stumps I have seen in wetter environments. It appeared to me to be headed to petrification. rather than decay. I guess only time will tell.

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