big-cone Douglas fir, San Gabriel Mountains, middle Icehouse Canyon, at the upper limit of distribution in a transitional zone between riparian and conifer forest; with sugar and ponderosa pine, canyon live oak, big leaf maple and some chaparral, elevation appx. 6200'
With Band-tailed Pigeons as a bonus.
From a small plane at 8500'. Groves of these are seen up here; sadly many of them dead. It doesn't really look like fire damage.
San Bernardino County, California, US
deer park branch
Bigcone Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga macrocarpa)
Big Cone Douglas Fir, Pino Alto
Found these on the side of a hill on the west side of the park.
Pseudotsuga macrocarpa, commonly called the bigcone Douglas-fir, is an evergreen conifer native to the mountains of southern California, occurring from the San Rafael Mountains in central Santa Barbara County and the southwest of the Tehachapi Mountains of southwestern Kern County, south to Julian in San Diego County. It is notable for having the largest (by far) cones in its genus, hence the name.