Majestic Bristle Cone Pine In The White Mountains of California - Stock Image

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Bristle Cone Pines, in the White Mountains of California are among the oldest living trees in the world. They are found nestled in the brutal lunar like landscape of eastern California. One of the oldest of the trees is named Methuselah and it is dated by it's tree rings to be 4,777 years old. These trees grow in one of the driest places on earth. It is almost always bitterly cold and windswept. The oldest grow at about the 11,000 foot level on rocky barren hillsides. The Bristle Cone Pines have been carved into grotesque Halloween like shapes from aging and being exposed to the harsh climate and wind. They usually look dead and have little foliage. Theirs seeds are viable and they grow to about 25 feet tall.

This image was created using a photographic technique called Light Painting. It is a a long exposure while painting with a large flashlight over the subject. There was no flash used in this image. There is visible grain in the lighter portion of the night sky. The stars will appear slightly blurry because of the long exposure used to capture the image. High ISO.

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