View from a large ponderosa pine in Idaho

There is no way to describe the feeling of being in the top of a tall tree, but I’ll try!  Thrilling, peaceful, nervous, accomplished, humble.  This mix of feelings is a start.  It’s an accomplishment when you finally make it to the top, but that notion doesn’t last long when you realize how small you are, and when you think that with one small error something really bad could happen.  It is peaceful because it’s quiet and there is nothing around you but the birds and the wind.  When you’re in the top of a doozy even a slight breeze will start the crown gyrating in a slow dance with the other tree tops around you.  It’s like being inside a kaleidoscope of shifting patterns of green, blue, grey, and brown.  I can sit all day in these beauties, just watching birds and feeling the different patterns of wind and sun.  Here are a few views from up in a 180-foot tall ponderosa tree in the Intermountain West of the United States.

 

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View from up in a 180-foot (55 m) tall ponderosa pine (Pinus Ponderosa)

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