MM 4-20 White Mountains Bristlecone Pines

We drove to the Owens Valley in eastern California one day in 1987 and then continued on to the White Mountains east of the valley to see some of the oldest living things on earth: bristlecone pine trees. One of the shots I took that day will be my entry for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge and Leanne’s Trees theme.

A couple of bristlecone pines in the White Mountains of eastern California.

Click on the photo to see a slightly larger version of the photo.

They have a visitor center nowadays and you can hike on either of two trails to pine groves. One of them is the Methusaleh Trail, named after the tree that measured to be over 4,900 years old and was once thought to be the oldest living tree in the world. Then someone measured another tree not too far away and it was more than 5,000 years old! Both trees are unmarked for their own protection.

I took this picture with my old Olympus OM-10 SLR in 1987, scanned it to my computer in 2014, and converted to monochrome in Lightroom and Nik Silver Efex Pro last week. I also cropped the photo to display the tree in the background being framed by the one in the foreground.

Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. Drop by her website this Thursday (Wednesday in North America and Europe) to see how Leanne and other photographers from all over the world have interpreted her theme for the first week of the month which this month is Trees.

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is in the Inyo National Forest and the visitor center is managed by the USDA Forest Service.  See here for directions.


About crowcanyonjournal

I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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6 Responses to MM 4-20 White Mountains Bristlecone Pines

  1. Peter Klopp says:

    Great photo reflecting the beauty of these ancient trees! Considering the date of the photo, I infer that it is a digitized image from your old film camera. Yes?

  2. Amy says:

    4,900 years old… Wow! Great capture. Looks majestic in B&W!

  3. Isn’t it an amazing place? Your image takes my mind right there. It’s been several years since my last visit there.

  4. disperser says:

    Strong composition and subject matter. Very nice.

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