In the broad Kootenay River Valley west of Fernie, the vast grasslands are largely populated by Ponderosa Pines. These fire-resistant trees often stand alone, perhaps as a result of wildfires destroying all other trees and shrubs. Lightening strikes and disease often give them character such as here where the growing tip has been replaced by several leaders. I've begun to noticing unique trees (such this one standing on a rise beside the highway) as we drive along and giving them names to suit their situations. In this case, though, I was at a lose for a name and a long-distant friend in Scotland suggested Lonesome Pine. Thanks to social media!