On a recent trip to the Oregon coast, I was impressed by the contorted shapes of shore pines along the shorelines. The scientific name of this tree is Pinus contorta var. contorta. It’s a very fitting name.
Some shore pines are barely attached to rocky cliffs. This common tree of the coast tolerates salt spray and a wide variety of soils.
High winds are common near the shorelines and they sculpt these lovely trees into interesting shapes.
Others grow in 40-50 foot tall forests, constantly buffeted by the wind.
These resilient trees have adapted to living in a challenging environment. They twist and turn in an effort to find the best ways to survive.
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Whatsoever is Lovely Week 27
12 thoughts on “Shore pines along the shorelines: TTL & WIL”
Strong roots help us survive the storms of life, right? 🌬
Beautiful views through you lens!
Thanks, Amy! Lots of beauty along the shore.
The contorted shapes are beautiful! 😀
Thanks, Tom! It was so windy it almost blew my phone out of my hands so I could understand how the trees got their shape.
Beautiful! I love the Oregon coast. I grew up in Oregon, so we visited on occasion.
Thanks, Lisa! Saw some new sights there this week. Lots to explore.
I’m often amazed at where a tree will grow and the shapes some take on in the wind. These are great examples 🙂
Thanks, Sarah! Yes, they sometimes grow where nothing should grow. They are amazingly resilient.
I can almost feel the mist and smell the salt air!
Glad my photos brought those feelings to you!