Monday, May 6, 2013

Saturday in Idyllwild viewing it's most gigantic Ponderosa Pine

Well, at least the biggest I am aware of after living there and exploring for 3 year between 1981-83
Photo Mine!

This is the largest tree I have ever found in Idyllwild that is still alive. Back in the pioneer old west logging days, these were very common. This tree is on Tahquitz Dr near the South Circle Dr in Fern Valley. I used to live across from this tree back in the early 1980s at Fern Valley Corners where Chart House and Baker in the Forest was located. I lived in an apartment above the old Town Crier Newspaper office there as well. Admittedly, I am a bit worried looking at the top of this tree which is showing signs of weakness due to drought which may effect bark beetles being present in the tree. 
Below I attempted to take a full view in three sections. Hmmm, how did I do ?

All Mine!
Yeah I know, it's not perfect, but you get the main idea!!!  *smile*
Sad Update April 18, 2017 on the Fate of this Majestic Ponderosa Pine - Idyllwild
Idyllwild California - The locally named and beloved Ponderosa Pine called "So Big" was finally felled after it had succumb to Pine bark Beetle in just a few months. However, after taking down one of the giant pieces, tree cutters found a surprise near the tree's top.



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9 comments:

  1. Oh it's perfect. The bark is more developed than any I've seen, whether the variety in Colorado, NM, Arizona, etc.

    Curious - do you think Jefrrey Pine is really just another variety (subspecies) of Ponderosa Pine?

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    1. The Ponderosa and Jeffrey are close relatives and the Ponderosa here is a differing variety from your's over there. Here, the Pacific Ponderosa needs a cleaner moister habitat, where the Jeffrey is used to tougher drier hotter conditions.

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  2. Gorgeous tree! I sure do love the tall pine trees!

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    1. I love the gigantic ones as well.

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  3. Ahhh...we were just up in Fern Valley, at the Fern Valley Inn, two weekends ago! There was a rescue of a hiker off Tahquitz Peak~two helicopters and 3 fire trucks. I'll have to find this tree.
    ~~Cheryl Ann~~

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    1. I'm actually surprised you'll never seen it before.

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  4. The last time I was up near Idyllwild, I thought its pines seemed healthier (more of them alive!) than hereabouts in the Cuyamaca Mountains. Just enough moisture to keep the bark beetles in check. Hope it stays that way!

    This is a great tree.

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    1. Except if you'll notice, the top of this tree has very very thin foliage. That worries me. I remember at one time it being as dense as the rest of the tree. Anyway, look at the pics again and make the comparison.

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    2. Thin, but green, at least. Brown crown presages death in our neighborhood, and I've come to hate seeing that telltale color on our pines. Hopefully this big tree has deep, deep roots sunk well into the water table.

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