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The Ancients by Nate-Zeman The Ancients by Nate-Zeman
Bristlecone pines are one of the oldest single living organisms on the planet. The oldest as much as 5,000 years old. The bristlecones on Mt. Evans are as old as 1500 years. Its amazing to think about what the world was like since they started growing, and how many sunrises they've seen.

Bristlecone Pines - Mt. Goliath Natural Area - Mt. Evans, Colorado

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sgraves Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
I'll be making a trip to Mt. Evans in a couple of months for shots of the Bristlecones. Do you have any site or trail recommendations?
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Lin-Z89 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2009
Beautiful title!
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KisayaMyst Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2009
Er, I didn't mean to press "request print" - dA went weird on me >.o'
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eclipsa Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2008   Photographer
Man, i learn something new everyday! thanks! great shot!
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Star-buck Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
that sky looks so beautiful
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey Nate, what's the technique to get that star effect you get in many of your photos? Tight aperture and ND grad filter? Or are you bringing it out more in post processing?
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2008  Professional Photographer
yeah just a really small aperture will give you that effect
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KovoWolf Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
beautiful. I love how your photos are always crisp. Thank you for sharing the world with us
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ChickadeeGems Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2008
I feel like I am on that ridge watching the sunrise. Amazing shot!
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ViVibrato Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome... This is really captivating. :+favlove:
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Karim-sama Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
1.8million Sunrises and sunsets more or less.

Amazing.....
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JulesTheNorweegie Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2008
Amazing :D
It reminded me of the Ents :D
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LordSerion Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Well...the age explains why do some of them look dead.
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Vaperfox Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
The colors in this image are so vibrant. It really does feel magical. How did it feel on that mountainside when you took this shot?

-Vaperfox :diny:
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Jazzhead Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
Beautiful shot NICEEE Color
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tracteurrouge Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
such a beautiful place... great photo!
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JonFreeman Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008   Digital Artist
wow, the colors and layouts here are just plain awesome. =) very sweet!

... yeah, it's hard to even think back that far with those trees. ^^;
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Raymaker Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Much Better!
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BeanieTheCabbage Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
That's a beautiful shot. nive work :D
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Andarelle Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Lovely :)
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kritic2 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Wow...looks like a theater set. The lighting is fabulous and thanks for the artist comments details for those of us who are unfamiliar with the bristlecones......=D
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neerai Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
I love that place...
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WinDrift Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist
stunning sunset!
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inuzaka Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful landscape!
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kkart Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
Perfect Nate!
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Originalbossman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Funny the little argument about the creosote vs. bristlecones. Either way great photo.
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
ha yeah i dont really care theyre just cool cause theyre so old
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Originalbossman Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2008
I concur
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Pixel-Snake Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008   Photographer
:heart:
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molehu Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
great pic, lived in colorado for a couple of years, I think one year we watched fireworks on the fourth from Mt. Evans. Got to fav this.
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xestrellitax Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
wow- this make me thing of the ents from lord of the rings...
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Kusanar Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
I love the way the wind and sun over the manny, manny years has shaped and bleache the trunks into the works of art you see here
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thetopcrusader Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
The lighting is amazing, yes, but what is even more stunning is how the darkness of the landscape is touched by it...
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dancing-lion-worm Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
i'd really love to go to Colorado, it really is a lovely place.
very nice scenery you've captured here!
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TigerStarcatcher Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Ooh... this composition is very good because of color and focus. Thanks also for the description. Often I try and read about art only to find something like this for the information. (...) :P
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greenevans Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
actually, they've discovered that the creosote plant in the mojave desert is older than bristlecones. they've dated some to be 11,000 years old. bristlecones are still the oldest living trees

beautiful shot
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
but thats a colony of plants that lives to be that old. not a single organism
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greenevans Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
well, the plant moves out in rings, so it is the same plant, even if the center, original plant dies
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
yeah its an unbroken chain of life but the original ancient growth is gone.
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greenevans Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
since it's the same DNA it's the same plant
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
ha
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greenevans Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008
you "ha", but it's true.
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2008  Professional Photographer
haha ok
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sebb7 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008   Photographer
Nice picture, and i like the comment you added ;) good work
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kram1032 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
great sky, stunning creatures :D (I wasn't able to find a better word for those ancient trees...)
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Machirude Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Here in Sweden, some weeks ago there was reported that a spruce here in "Dalarna" (Where I live) is the worlds oldest tree, I'ts been alive in about 9550 years :)

Awesome picture, the warm light is so good!
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
yeah but thats one of those self cloning trees, so its not the exact same living organisms for that amount of time like a bristlecone
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CrimsonThrenody Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
Colorado = heaven on earth!
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dbrown1983 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008
what a beautifull picture and thoughts that created it.

could you tell me where the eldest one live ?
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Nate-Zeman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2008  Professional Photographer
i think the oldest are in california
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