“Standing for Millenia”
The second night of the road trip up the 395 brought us to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains. While many may not consider them a spectacle at first glance, the history behind them is incredible. These trees are among the oldest living things on the planet and can live for over 5,000 years. This particular tree is dead, but lived to be about 2,500 years old and has been standing for over 4,000 years. There are 3 distinct species of the bristlecone trees. All have the ability to grow in an environment that most plants would not survive. They thrive in rocky soil with very little water. The density of the wood allows the trees to stand for centuries, even after death. The wood slowly erodes in wind and rain much like stone, giving the trees a unique appearance. Getting the opportunity to photograph this tree under the night sky was quite the experience. I couldn't have asked for a better setting. Clouds had moved in and covered the Milky Way Galaxy for a few moments, and just before I decided to call it a night they begin to open up, revealing the starry sky behind them.
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