The Oldest Living Things On Earth

 

Big Pine California is the entrance to the Ancient Bristlecone Forest, at an elevation of 10,000 feet. The oldest trees grow on outcrops of dolomite. These slow-growing trees add sometimes only 1/100th of an inch per year. These trees exceed 4,000 years of age and are a photographer’s paradise.

Traveling to the site should usually be between May and November; winter snowfall closes the road, but you can call the information line for current road conditions at 760-873-2500.

 

PHOTO BY RICK GOLDWATER VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

 

 

PHOTO VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS