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    Some bristlecone pine trees are nearly five thousand years old the oldest living things in the world. They are found on extremely rugged sites in many of the high mountains of the southwest. The great age attained by these trees is due to their unusual ability to adapt to their environment. They often live in isolation, where trees of other species cannot survive. The growth of most bristlecone pines is uniquely slow, a branch at a time, their needles living up to 40 years. The wood is fine grained and resinous, highly resistant to decay. Instead of rotting, these trees are eroded and polished by the elements. After death they may remain standing for thousands of years. This tree is over 3200 years old and still living. It was necessary to take five cores from different sides of the tree to obtain a complete sequence of its growth rings. It was born in 1230 BC, about the time of the death of the pharaoh Ramses II.



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    Great photo, great info... thanks for sharing that, Bob! One question: how did you manage to place that cloud "just so" for the back ground... Well done!

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    What does it feel like to touch something that was living during the time of the pharoahs? Excellent shot of a unique tree.
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    Thank you. The cloud was an accident that I wasn't much concerned about either way. I was more interested in finding an angle that would show the tree well and at the same time present a blue sky.
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    Thank you. Sorry, but I didn't touch it. I kind of feel that touching is encouragement to maybe taking a needle or maybe just a sliver of the wood and the next thing you know the tree is dead. I just didn't want to start down that slippery slope. I left nothing behind and the only things I took away were pictures and memories.
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    E B, --Excellent image and information to match; glad you include that sort of thing, which really enhances one's appreciation of the photo! ~Ken

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    Cool, I love the history of things, thank you for sharing
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    Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.
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    Thank you.
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    Astounding to ruminate about something living on that sort of time scale. Very nice image of the old veteran, EB, and I'm still thinking about your comments in reference to not touching it. A rather nice and thoughtful way of looking at it. As a kid, I remember my whole family as "collectors". We had bug collections, fossil collections, pretty much anything we found interesting, we'd pick up and bring home. Now if I see something interesting, I take a picture of it, but leave it where it is. Seems we change so much of the world just by what we are, often inadvertently. In my deliberate actions, I find myself wanting to disrupt as little as possible.
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    Very interesting Bob, they sure are wonderful trees. I always enjoy looking and reading about your adventures.
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    Were you in the White Mountains?

    I have been up in the Whites a few times and visited a few of the groves. They are some of the most surreal places I have ever visited. It felt you could spend weeks up there and never run out of photographic opportunities.

    I love the memories your photo evokes!

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    Thank you. I hope I keep traveling and having adventures. Life is too short to waste.
    Good shooting,
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    Thank you. I pretty much keep my collections to man-made objects, such as my lenses.
    Good shooting,
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    I hope to get out to see some Redwoods again in the near future, but I find trees difficult to shoot and not too rewarding for the effort.
    Good shooting,
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    Thank you. Nope, this image came from Wheeler Peak in Nevada. Elevation at this point was somewhere between 10400-10500 feet.
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    Great exposure! The color very beautiful!
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    Default Re: The Oldest Trees

    Thank you very much.
    Good shooting,
    English Bob

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    It sounds like a great effort, but sure does highlight the problem of photographing big trees. I had the same problem with sequoias, of course. Never really got a keeper of any one of them.
    Good shooting,
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    Superb Shot of one of the Ancient Ones Bob!

    Looking along the trunk lines I imagine seeing the many creatures it has sheltered in it's life time, real and not so real.........

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    Thank you. With its extended lifetime it could easily have sheltered hundreds of generations of marmots or similar critters. Think of them passing it down generation to generation, each thinking that they "own" it, but I still remains and they are reduced to dust.
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