Bristlecone Pine



California boasts numerous scientifically measured and verified superlatives, from the highest to the lowest, the deepest to the biggest. Nestled in the Eastern Sierra, one of the most captivating of these is the oldest. The Great Basin Bristlecone Pines, not just the oldest in California or North America but the oldest living non-clonal organisms on our planet, stand as a testament to the resilience and endurance of nature.

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, a sanctuary for some of the oldest living trees in the world, is a testament to the power of endurance. These magnificent trees, some over 4,500 years old, thrive in one of the most inhospitable environments in the American Southwest. Perched between 10,000 and 11,400 ft in the White Mountains near Big Pine, CA, these trees have weathered brutal temperatures and gale force winds, their shapes and stature a testament to their indomitable spirit.

These trees stand tall and proud like Roman centurions – they are gnarled, weather-beaten, and resilient. The oldest tree, as yet unnamed, is believed to be 5,070 years old now. This individual tree began life about the same time humans began to develop the concept of writing. It was about 500 years old when the pyramids at Giza were built. This tree would have been about 3,000 years old when the English language began to evolve.

Location: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest; Big Pine, California.

Media: Fine Art Landscape Prints