Pictorial Highlight: WHITE MOUNTAINS

The White Mountains are an incredible place, home of the longest-living trees on the entire planet–the stunning ancient bristlecone pines, who routinely live for over 4,000 years; the oldest known individual is Methusaleh, at about 4,700 years!  The mountains exceed 10,000 feet in elevation Yet few people–even Californians–know about these mountains.  So many amazing things though, even aside from the wondrous ancient trees….rocks and geology, stunning views of the Sierra Nevadas across the Owens Valley, many marvelous plants, including gorgeous cacti and their flowers….enjoy!

The twisted, gnarly nature of the ancient bristlecone pines like this one speak to their unbelievable age and hardiness.

The twisted, gnarly nature of the ancient bristlecone pines like this one speak to their unbelievable age and hardiness.

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The "Butthole Tree" (unofficial name)

The “Butthole Tree” (unofficial name)

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Claret cup cactus and its gorgeous flowers.

Claret cup cactus and its gorgeous flowers.

Rainbow cactus.

Rainbow cactus.

Eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevadas in the distance.

Eastern escarpment of the Sierra Nevadas in the distance.

The beautiful colors and textures of a fallen bristlecone.

More gnarled trunks.

More gnarled branches.

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Clutching at the heavens....

Clutching at the heavens….

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5 thoughts on “Pictorial Highlight: WHITE MOUNTAINS

      1. Mary Strong-Spaid

        Your are right!!
        Softened by rainstorms
        tossed by the wind
        baked in the sunlight
        day after day….
        If those trees could talk, the things they would say!
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        Yikes. I sound like Dr. Seuss.

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