learning the difference : lodgepole pines

lodge-pole-pines-pair I've been drawing pine trees for a client's custom stamps lately and the latest version is this pair of lodgepole pines. I enjoyed the practice of drawing them because it made me take note of the distinctive qualities of this particular kind of tree. The branches slope mostly upward, the tree takes a slight pear shape, and there's that skinny bare trunk at the base. I think I've made friends with them.