Big, strong, dark and handsome. I’m standing under a mighty Ponderosa Pine and it is my new favorite tree. The orange-brown color, the vanilla smell, and the puzzle-like texture of the bark are all so captivating. It’s the weekend and my husband and I are out exploring. We end up outside of Featherville in the Baumgartner campground. We set up camp beneath this pine, the canopy dense enough to create a circular open space at its base.
Ponderosa Pine © Valerie Connor