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The Ancients by Nate-Zeman The Ancients by Nate-Zeman
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Sitting at the foot of Colorado's 22nd highest peak, Mt. Bross, The gnarled, wind twisted branches of a bristlecone pine reaches towards the heavens. Bristlecone pines are one of the worlds oldest living organisms. Some of the oldest are approaching 5,000 years in age. Meaning they were already somewhere around 1,400 years old before the Egyptians built the great pyramids. I've always admired the bristlecone pine for their toughness. The trees themselves are a paradox. Their age goes up with the harshness of their conditions. Bristlecones that grow where water and soil are abundant, grow too fast and die young. Trees with the most stressed conditions grow stubbornly, extremely slow and very hard. This is why most groves of bristlecone pines lie in very undesireable locations. The trees here on aptly named Windy Ridge are a modest 1,000 years old. While making this image I marveled at the thought of how old this tree was, and how different the world must have been 1,000 years ago when it first started to grow.

Bristlecone Pine - Windy Ridge - Mosquito Range - Colorado

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FeyPhantom Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Absolutely an instant fave! This is an extremely gorgeous photograph and your comments on it leave a lot to think about.
DaWonderer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
Myronavitch Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012
Thanks for the link to your website. Viewing this image there has much more color and detail. Your other images are completely amazing to me.
ArtisticRoute Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Terrific shot. I used to be a lot more familiar with that area. Now I'm on the Western Slope.
To go along with you most recent journal entry: This looks so much better on G+!
EBENEWOOD Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   General Artist
Superb composition Nate! and beautiful specimen...:sun:
Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
somersetholmes Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Outstanding work :clap:
CastleBurh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! stunning!!
this one is amazing and the title is perfect! :)
GloriaLinder Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I just want to say that it's this kind of photography that inspires me!
luke1886 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
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