High up in the White Mountains of California right at tree line grows some of the oldest living things on earth. The Great Basin Bristlecone Pine is one of three species of pine in the western United States that are long growing in some of the harshest conditions. Cold, wind, poor soils are some of the conditions this species of tree endures. One of the main reasons for their longevity is slow growth and the wood in these trees is very dense. This tree is estimated to be over 4200 years and is still growing. Just think about it, this tree is almost as old as the beginning of the First Dynasty of the Egyptian Pharaoh's (310 BCE).
This tree is at about 11,000 feet ASL (3352 m) on a barren rocky hillside. I wanted to photograph this tree at night with stars in the BG, but again my trip was forced into a period where the moon was approaching its full moon phase (about a week away) so no stars. I did wait to photograph the two trees in this stand as the light was fading behind Sierra Nevada Mountains across the Owns Valley.
The CI is from the other side with a waxing gibbous between the upper branches of the adjacent tree.
yes, thank's for the note. fascinating nature. Do you know if the density of this wood is more than 1 once dried ? Anyway so strange shape made this type of trees unusable for industry. Only piece of art :).
The CI is also wonderfull pov.
You show us a real natural wonder, an impressive one. I like how you present it in front of the wonderful sky. In combination with the interesting note an exemplary contribution. Trees in this altitude - unimaginable here in Europe ...
Greetings from summerly Germany!
I love the sky in your main and the closer detail of the CI is very fine. It looks like you had a great camping trip! I'm impressed. The age is almost incomprehenible, I guess a tree has to be very tough to survive in such inhospitable conditions. HLJ x 4, Pat
It is almost a special thing being up there on the White Mountains and seeing these truly patriarchs.
The altitude, the difficulty to get ump there and its harsh environment certainly contributed for its survival. Let's see if they also will make it through the global warming, although will will be not around to witness that.