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Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 6 March 2017 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

This particular Bristlecone Pine is 1,700 years old and is the biggest in the monument I believe. It's within yards (meters) of Spectra Point. These trees grow on high, dry ridges where there is little competition with other trees. Also, as a part of the tree begins to die, all the nutrients are diverted to the healthy portion to ensure its survival. This seems to be a survival strategy that has worked out well as these trees, as a group, are among the oldest on Earth.

Cedar Breaks National Monument
Near Cedar City, Utah
Part of The Great American West series.

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

This close must go humility and respect. It has seen a lot of mniin world developments, that it can not human to understand. What can it tell us all if it would speak the human language.

6 Mar 2017 5:33am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Fantastique arbre sec quelle forme quel rendu sur ce bois génial.

6 Mar 2017 6:00am

Diana from Olympia, United States


6 Mar 2017 6:29am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Bel arbre qui a du vécu. Superbe. )

6 Mar 2017 7:10am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Ah, yes, that looks to have seen a few changes in its time . .

6 Mar 2017 7:23am

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

This tree is magnificent with its tortuous trunk and its roots which appear. Very dry but still alive

6 Mar 2017 8:08am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

J'adore le tronc

6 Mar 2017 8:31am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Amazing old tree ! Superb image !

6 Mar 2017 8:45am

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Superb "almost" dead tree, love it !

6 Mar 2017 9:09am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Wow - surreal almost Dali-esque landscape!

6 Mar 2017 9:21am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nature is the greatest artist !!!

6 Mar 2017 10:02am

Kyu from Kyoto, Japan

Stunning image of a big tree. Excellent treatment.

6 Mar 2017 10:35am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

The colors are really amazing.

6 Mar 2017 11:37am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

Wow ! Awesome. A good survival tactic. He himself is the proof of it.
Nice shot, too. Thanks

6 Mar 2017 11:49am

k@ from Paris, France

I like the bones-like whiteness !

6 Mar 2017 11:58am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Superb old tree! Beautiful image!

6 Mar 2017 12:46pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

What an eye-catching capture of this gnarled tree!! The people help add a great sense of scale as well.

6 Mar 2017 12:56pm

willy from Belgium

quel bel arbre..

un vrai régal pur les yeux Steve


6 Mar 2017 1:02pm

Etsu from Kyoto, Japan

Splendid view of a great tree.

6 Mar 2017 2:24pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wow...Fabulous image !!!

6 Mar 2017 3:59pm

Don from Spokane, United States

The old. rugged tree is very picturesque and a fine target. The explanation is very worthwhile.

6 Mar 2017 4:11pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Stunning. Wonderful view of the world's oldest tree. Amazing details. :)

6 Mar 2017 4:19pm

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Magnifique ta photo

6 Mar 2017 6:06pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I am glad you include people in the shot so I can get an idea of just how grand this is! I love the shapes and details.

6 Mar 2017 6:28pm

franz from Baden, Austria

A wonderful image and a fitting tribute to this phenomenal tree!

6 Mar 2017 8:24pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Wonderful tree!

6 Mar 2017 8:54pm

Denny Jump Photo from Bellevue, WA, United States

Absolutely fantastic, Steve! I just Love Bristlecone Pines....and I was not aware of their presence in Cedar Breaks but I am not surprised by the information....I know Great Basin NP has some as well as (of course) The Whit Mountains in California...Beautiful, sir!!

6 Mar 2017 11:37pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Wonderful shot. There is a cool song about the Bristlecone Pine.

7 Mar 2017 4:51am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Really amazing tree. Beautiful sky in the background.

7 Mar 2017 6:59am

Gemma Wiseman from Melbourne, Australia

An incredible sight. This tree is quite breathtaking.

7 Mar 2017 11:08am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bon travail

7 Mar 2017 3:05pm

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

Great image! Fantastic specimen.

7 Mar 2017 8:45pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

How magnificently it's twisted and sprouted over the generations!

7 Mar 2017 9:39pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

This tree is absolutely spectacular .. the twisted dry branches are fabulous !!! Amazing shot ...

8 Mar 2017 10:38pm

Gingko60 from Ici en France, France

Fabuleux cet arbre !!!

20 Feb 2018 4:53pm