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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree Photography

Bristlecone Pine Forest Photography Expedition 

From my recent trip with fellow photographer Travis Burke

Ancient bristlecone pine trees in Patriarch Grove, display characteristic gnarled, twisted form as it rises above the arid, dolomite-rich slopes of the White Mountains at 11000-foot elevation. Patriarch Grove, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. White Mountains, Inyo National Forest, California, USA

Ancient Bristlecone pine, Great Basin Bristlecone Pine, Western Bristlecone PineNotable: The ancient bristlecone pine tree is considered to be the worlds oldest species of tree (and indeed the world’s oldest sexually reproducing, nonclonal lifeform). A number of individual bristlecone pine trees are known to exceed 4000 years of age; the “Methuselah tree” in the Schulman grove was estimated to be 4838 years old in 2006. These extraordinarily hardy, gnarled and lonely trees are best seen in the White Mountains of California, where two exemplary groves (Schulman and Patriarch) can be accessed by car and a short hike.

Ancient bristlecone pine tree photography

Ancient bristlecone pine night photography

Ancient bristlecone pine tree photography

Ancient bristlecone pine night photography

Ancient bristlecone pine tree photography

Ancient bristlecone pine night photography