|Location of Mt. Hamilton|
I was looking for ponderosas on Mt. Hamilton. They were documented there by Griffin & Critchfield (1976) and a 100 year old record in the Calflora database. I was using Street View to confirm that they were still present as well as accessible from the road. Most of the trees I'd seen on Street View looked like ponderosa pine to me, but turned out to be foothill pine. I did ultimately find two ponderosas, but they were terribly spindly and had little in the way of cones to offer. Live and learn.
|View from Lick Observatory atop |
|My foot and a P. coulteri cone, each about 25 cm long.|
|Spider web and exuvium in P. coulteri cone.|