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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.
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DaWonderer Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2013
:wow:
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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.
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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+!
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EBENEWOOD Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2012   General Artist
Superb composition Nate! and beautiful specimen...:sun:
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Vampyre-Lover Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Gorgeous!!!
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somersetholmes Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2012
Outstanding work :clap:
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CastleBurh Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow!! stunning!!
this one is amazing and the title is perfect! :)
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GloriaLinder Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I just want to say that it's this kind of photography that inspires me!
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luke1886 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012
Spectacular!
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Miss-Tbones Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Such a lovely image!:clap::wow:
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
thanks so much! [link]
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Miss-Tbones Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You are soo very :iconwelcomeplztoo::aww:
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Stroipes Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
My favourite personal of yours Nate. You are my idol.
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artamusica Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Stunning! I just love how the shape of the pins is echoed by the milky way above.
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QAuZ Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
Hi! this great work has been featured here [link] :hug: :heart:
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Bredovskiy Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012
really impressive!
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superfreak92 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
How were you able to capture the stars? I'm just starting out with a good camera, and capturing stars is one of my biggest ambitions! What settings did you use?
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Buddhalassie Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012
wow this image really reaches out and grabs me by the throat - so very atmospheric - it would be great in a book cover digital image composite!
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nikefuretta Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
stunning!
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Trebeck Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
wow that looks like a painting
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catatonicheart Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
stunning.
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Duck2000 Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
Spectacular.
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KiRAWRa Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012
Wow, from the looks of it I wouldn't have even known this tree was still alive! Absolutely beautiful C:
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sassaputzin Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012
just superb, lovely image
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gee231205 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
The twisted form of the tree looks great against the starry night sky and it is very interesting to read about how they grow best in poor conditions.
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012   General Artist
fantastic capture!
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Sharp-Shooter6 Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Photographer
nice shot
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keys307a Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I LIKE THIS!
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EmilioBrown Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Excellent picture
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Shoayb Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wooow , amazing shot , in my fav :D
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Kaeldra-1 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
This photo is utterly glorious. And yes, it's better on your website.
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
thanks so much! [link]
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AraujaPhoto Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Amazing shot, beautiful ^^ *
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SammyBRoberts Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
I am speechless. Simply beautiful.
A stunning work!
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Tchelebi Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012
incredible , i am speak less.
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ADotInTheUniverse Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
:heart:
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Mithra-K Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Looked much better on your website!
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fallen-sweets Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
it really does look better on your website....
great shot, great tree both together are very inspirational
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hellou4 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Woah, awesome!!
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ghostadventurelover Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
so beautiful
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CowBe87 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
awesome D:!!
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TD-Design Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
like ^ ^
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antoniomosko Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Nice.

Amazing.
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Belvarius Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012
Now that is an awesome picture! Very well done Nate!
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oscar-ojisan Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012   Artist
this is soo cool :la:
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SterkensPhotography Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
wauw :O shutter time? 5min?
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RisenAnarchy Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Is the night sky in the background real, because I've never seen anything like that in the suburbs and city.

Nice photo!
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Vanshira Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If it's real, I suspect it's long-exposure. I grew up in the country, and no matter how clear the night, you could never actually see the gas bands in the Milky Way even if the galaxy itself was plainly visible.
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RisenAnarchy Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It would be cool if it was real though. What I'd give to see the gas bands of the Milky Way in a real night sky.
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