Yew

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Due to the color scheme, I had actually intended this for a Christmas post, but it slipped my mind in the holiday excitement. This is Pacific yew foliage on bark. Though yews are common enough in the Pacific northwest, the grove where this was taken is hanging on in a moist, shady pocket, deep in a canyon near the Salmon River in central Idaho. Yews grow very slowly, and the tall trees of this grove are undoubtedly very old. Fires have encroached on the surrounding ponderosas and Douglas firs, and sun-baked grassy slopes rear above them, but the grove endures beside its little creek, a living memory of a colder age.

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