Originally I was going to call this post "Trees", but realized I have posted plenty of pictures of pine and oak and cedars that I knew. Not so much these.
Frankly, I am not sure what these are. Lodgepole pines? Jeffrey Pines? The altitude seems right and they do not fit the other trees they might be - but I am not sure.
No matter what they are, they were weird and foreign and novel to me.
Even in their deaths, they were unique and beautiful.
Many times I saw a semi dead tree with life still clinging onto it.
Or sometimes, just death.
The bark up close. Some of it smelled like vanilla.
Their starkness rising from the landscape was noticeable.
Especially at the higher elevations - 10,000 to 12,000 feet - they were almost the only plant.
They made a splendid backdrop to the vistas.