Mountains Ponderosa Pine tree
the yellow bark that is common on the older ponderosa
pine trees. The second from left tree was marekd
with paint by crews to prepare for logging the area.
Pine cones lay on th ground.
Pine trees in an open meadow in the Black Hills National
Forest of the Rocky Mountains
photo is from the Black Hills National Forest. Notice
the open spaces between the ponderosa pine trees -
a common pattern where fire has been allowed to burn
in the forest. Fire is a natural part of the ecosystem
in ponderosa pine trees forest.