|White Fir, Abies concolor |
In fact, I have seen this particular fir from the Generals Loop Trail. It had caught my attention because of its very unorthodox apex shape. A full zoom photo revealed that this tree's odd-looking top is due to branch reiteration that occurred after the tree lost its original apex. Reiteration is a repetition of the same structure as fractals, and in this case - the side branches developed in the shape of the missing tree apex, giving its canopy this unique look.
|Reiteration in White Fir, Abies concolor|
My friends were less interested in the botanical wonder, and the day was getting short so, without further delay we started up Moro Rock.
|California Laurel, Umbellularia California|