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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Walk amongst the oldest living things on the planet. It's eerie, a bit weird looking, and out of the way. Isn't that the way you like it? That's why I went. It's nice at night, as you can tell from the photo.

The Patriarch Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains near Bishop and Big Pine. The Patriarch Grove did not disappoint. Odd, eerie, and beautiful in its own way, I had never seen anything like this before. The forest often consisted of isolated gnarled trees with mostly white rock since most plants could not survive with so little water at 11000 feet (3500m) in altitude.

The bristlecone pines are the oldest living things on the planet, living for longer than 4700 years. It's fantastic to think that when Buddha or Jesus walked the earth, these trees were already ancient.

Furthermore, after the bristlecone pine finally goes on to that great forest in the sky, the tree can still remain standing for another 5000 years. It is conceivable that trees such as this could have been here for as long as 10000 years.

The photo is at night, light painted (long exposure photography). It's a great place for that sort of thing.

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Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Inyo National Forest
Whitney Portal Rd, Lone Pine, CA 93545, USA
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