Parched Tree


This tree in Tuolumne Meadows, long dead, will remain standing for many years, drying out more and more from the wind and the sun.  Everyone knows about the "moss" growing away from the sun (north side) in the Sierras, but did you know that dead trees, if out in the open, also help to give a clue to the direction of the sun?  On the sunny side of this same tree, it was  bleached gray from the direct sun.  This photo indicates that the tree has not been dead for too many years (probably less than 10), since eventually it will all become bleached gray from the elements.

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