My little tribute to the lodge pole pine of Yellowstone Park:
The lodge pole pine
is returning to the landscape following the devasting fires of 1988.
This straight growing tree, perfect for teepee poles,
has a shallow root system and they pile up like toothpicks
on the higher elevations during strong winds.
The geyser fields are strewn with their ghostly bones.
Slow to grow but tenacious,
the lodge pole pine twists as it grows,
giving each limb fair access to the sunlight.
The lodge pole pine is a tree for the ages.