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Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis)

Sierra junipers (Juniperus grandis, formerly Juniperus occidentalis var. australis) are known for their beautiful, reddish-brown bark and uniquely gnarled structure. These magnificent trees are also known for their longevity, with some specimens living thousands of years. Sierra junipers tend to thrive in harsh environmental conditions where competition from larger species is minimized.

Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis), detailed view of peeling reddish-brown bark - a key diagnostic feature.  Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, CA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0432
Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis), detailed view of the tree's unique reddish-brown peeling bark — a key diagnostic feature. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California, USA.
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Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis). Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California. Stock Photo ID=PLA0437
Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis). Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California, USA.
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Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis) berries or seed cones.  Carson Spur, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, CA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0344
Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis), close-up of a female plant with light blue seed cones, informally known as juniper berries. Many animals enjoy these fruits and inevitably play an integral part in seed dispersal. Carson Spur, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California, USA.
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Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis).  Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, CA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0321
An ancient sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis) stretches out in all directions with gnarled limbs. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California, USA.
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Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis).  Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, CA. Stock Photo ID=PLA0322
Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis) emerging from a huge granite boulder, where few other plants would stand a chance. Carson Pass, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, Alpine County, California, USA.
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The Milky Way galaxy rises over a Sierra juniper in the Eldorado National Forest.  El Dorado County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SCE0150
The Milky Way galaxy and countless stars fill the night sky above a Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis). Silver Lake vicinity, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California, USA.
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The Milky Way galaxy rises over a Sierra juniper in the Eldorado National Forest.  El Dorado County, CA.  Stock Photo ID=SCE0151
The Milky Way galaxy and countless stars fill the night sky above a Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis). Silver Lake vicinity, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California, USA.
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Star trails above an ancient Sierra juniper.  Carson Spur, Eldorado National Forest, El Dorado County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=SCE0100
During this hour-long exposure, the Earth rotated 15 degrees, resulting in the effect of star trails. An illuminated Sierra juniper (Juniperus grandis) adds to the concept of time passage, as these trees are truly ancient, with some specimens living thousands of years. Carson Spur, Eldorado National Forest, Sierra Nevada, El Dorado County, California, USA.
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