This dark and eerie looking tree is located in Point Lobos State Reserve just north of Big Sur, CA. In person, it’s only mildly eerie. (This is a good one to click on the photo to enlarge.)
According to the Point Lobos website, “The orange, velvety “stuff” especially noticeable on trees and rocks of the shadowed north-facing slopes is green algae. Its orange color comes from carotene, a pigment which also occurs in carrots. The plant does not harm the trees.” Click on the comment number bubble to leave a comment.
Photo taken with a Canon EOS 40D, EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens, 5 exposures at f/5, ISO 100 (tripod) on SanDisk Extreme IV Digital Film. Processed with Nik HDR Efex Pro.