Stars & Moon - Jim Nevill Photography
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Ancient Bristlecone Pine

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is a protected area high in the White Mountains in Inyo County in eastern California. The Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) trees grow between 9,800 and 11,000 feet (3,000–3,400 m) above sea level. In this forest you will find the oldest living things on Earth. These ancient trees live to over 5000 years old and grow on a steep and rocky mountainside at the upper edges of the Mojave Desert. The Milky Way was frankly - ridiculous. Never seen anything like it - an entire rainbow of stars arching above this ancient tree, among the oldest living things on earth. I like this depiction because it tells the story of the millennia that this tree has endured to secure its timeless place in universal history.

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