We just made it. California finally has a series of storms lasting at least week. This had not happened for at least a year. This means the graded dirt road leading to the Patriarch Grove seen here is now likely closed. With an elevation of just over 11,000 feet, the Grove (located in the White Mountains) are now likely living up to its name covered in fresh snow.
As for the Grove itself, if you are in the right frame of mind (or maybe just loopy from the altitude), it is humbling and awe inspiring to know that our entire lifetime is just a blip in the lives of these ancient Bristlecone Pines, some of which are over 5,000 years ago, the oldest living trees in the world.
The dead trees set against a background of white dolomite conjure up a lunar feel to the area. The goal of this photograph was to properly position the tree trunk so the three “young” waist-high trees nearby are not seen.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 18mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec
Inyo County (CA), Bristlecone Pine Remnants, Dolomite, Blue Sky. near Bishop, CA. November 28, 2014. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.