The ponderosas, unless they have been damaged, are quite symmetrical, and their lower branches swoop downward. Each ponderosa looks much like the next. The asymmetrical, aspiring branches of the digger pines give them considerable individuality of appearance. From the distance, they can look much like bonsai. They tend to be scattered, and the oaks among which most of them grow are short, allowing a clear view of the tall conifers from a great distance. Of all the trees native to this region, the digger pines are my favorite.