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@p.kizzy – Award-winning LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

@p.kizzy – Award-winning LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY

“This is a dead Ancient Bristlecone Pine tree, located high above Patriarch Grove in California’s White Mountains. It probably died 500-700 years ago, but because these trees are so hard and sturdy, they remain in place for up to 1,000 years after dying. It is illuminated by moonlight near the ridge line, enduring extreme weather conditions. At about 11,500 ft in elevation, it stands almost 500 feet above the current tree-line, indicating that almost 2,000 -3,000 years ago when this tree was a sapling, the climate was warmer than it is today, and hence, allowed trees to grow at this higher altitude.”

“Lovers. This is a very elderly couple in love! A storm brews above two trees in a late Summer afternoon. These trees are between 1,500-2,000 years old, and one seems to be hugging the other. These are located on the shoulder of Campito Mountain within the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in California’s White Mountains.”

“The Sentinel. This is the most popular and widely photographed tree of the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest for two main reasons: (1) it is gorgeous! And (2) it is right next to a parking lot! This tree is NOT, however, Methuselah, the oldest tree in the world. Methuselah is over 4,800 years old and is still alive elsewhere in the forest! This one is about 3,500 years old and has been dead for a very long time. Nonetheless, it is beautiful and a park favorite. Be careful to stay on the train when you’re near this ancient beauty – it doesn’t grow new roots so if the soil is eroded it will fall down.”

“Eternal love. This is an Ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree, but it is located within Great Basin National Park in Nevada and not in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest of California’s White Mountains. The journey to this tree is far more difficult and, I might say, quite trecherous. The tree is approximately 2,000 years old and is still alive and producing seeds/cones. The sun had set to the West (left), at the same time that the moon rose to the East (right.)  It is truly a magical place to behold.”

“Relic. The Milky Way rises over the remains of an Ancient Bristlecone Pine Tree located high above Patriarch Grove in California’s White Mountains. These trees are hardy and grow slowly and with lots of sap, so they do not usually encounter rot. So when they die, their roots/trunk/limbs can remain for up to a thousand years! This one has endured harsh heat every summer, and endless ice crystals blasting it every winter for all those years on a ridge that is fully exposed to these elements.”

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