Caption: Below: A stream flows through the Ansel Adams Wilderness at 10,000 feet above sea level and what is traditionally known as timberline by backpackers--sparsely forested, granite outcrops and garden-like settings; right: Bristlecone pine
forest between 10,00 and 11,000 feet above sea level, a few miles south of Forester Pass
But the chronology from the San Juan bristlecone pines
showed something completely new:
Near the California-Nevada border, Bristlecone pines
have lived longer than any other trees in the world, nearly 5,000 years.
Because of the short growing season and small amount of rainfall at elevation, bristlecone pines
grow very slowly and have narrow rings, as many as 1,000 or more in less than 13 cm of lateral growth.
The world's oldest trees are thought to be Bristlecone pines
in the USA which have been dated at 4,600 years old - as old as the Egyptian pyramids.
The wall reliefs and floor pieces in her new show were in fact inspired by the wind-blasted trunks of the ancient bristlecone pines
that the artist encountered on a trip to California's White Mountains.
Only 20 to 30 minutes from the Strip, Welch could have gone to Mount Charleston and on the way seen blooming Joshua trees and ancient bristlecone pines
, enjoyed a meal at the lodge overlooking this scenic area or gone on one of a dozen hikes.
could be considered Earth's oldest living inhabitants, since some of them may be 5,000 years old.
I went on a tree pilgrimage because the bristlecone pines
are the oldest organisms.
On the wind-whipped slopes of White Mountain, geriatric bristlecone pines
submit to life's tribulations.
are found on the southernmost tip of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.
And some bristlecone pines
are arguably the oldest living organisms on earth.
Schulman made an expedition to the White Mountains of California, just above Death Valley, and there found a stand of ancient bristlecone pines
and young bristlecone pines
(Pinus aristata Engelm.
The comparison between these two species is not exact, however, since the oldest bristlecone pines
grow only at high elevations in an arid desert, notes Thomas P.