The Great Basin Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in The White Mountains of California/Nevada have the world’s oldest living non-clonal organisms, ancient bristlecone pine trees. Non-clonal means these trees are not genetic duplicates of a parent organism, but are in fact, original organisms.
The oldest known tree in the basin is 5,065 years old and was germinated in 3051 BC. This tree started growing before the first pyramid was built-in Egypt.
Another, Methuselah, is 4,848 years old.
The White Mountains run parallel to the Sierras in the west and Death Valley in the east.
White Mountain is a sister peak to Mt. Whitney, the highest mountain in the continental US. When you hike here you look to your left at almost eye level with Mt. Whitney, and to your right at the lowest non-submerged place in North America, Death Valley.
In the dolomite covered White Mountains these ancient organisms continue to thrive in white powdery soil that was once an ancient sea bed.
When you touch the non-bark covered cambium layer of these ancient ones, it is like touching living stone. Something you have never felt before.
The bristlecones survive possibly because they live in an isolated hostile location, which makes them strong, and creates the almost impervious density of their stone-like structure.
To say that I was blown away by being here is a huge understatement.
I am hoping the lack of protection afforded the ancient ones is purposeful. They are hard to get to, even harder to hike to, and not very many people know about them. Plus, for much of the year, due to winter snow, they are inaccessible.
There is nothing here but these living fossils.
I never knew about these trees, even though I have driven near them all my life to go skiing, and now I can’t even imagine the world without them.
Cheers to you from the ancient ones~
Sehr schön. Freundliche Grüße, Wolfgang
Vielen dank mein leiber Freund Wolfgang! 🌲
Amazing to see this Cindy. They reminded me of tortured players in a science fiction or horror movie. so beautiful but I let my imagination run freely.
They are! They are twisted into living circles by millenia of wicked winds. These trees send your imagination soaring~
The first tree really stirs imagination but the one on the slope of a rock face? wow! I’m impressed at how it holds on! 🙂
Some of them grow out of sold rock! I can just imagine the winds whipping up from The Sierras and Death Valley twisting these trees into these tortured, other-worldly shapes over the course of time~
It’s truly amazing what nature creates 🙂
It is and all we need to do is not destroy it.
Magnificent living sculptures.
Being with them was moving beyond belief…..
It is as if you can feel their souls in the pictures. I can only imagine what it was like to stand amongst them. Thank you for sharing.
You are a lovely person Colleen and I am so pleased to know you! <3
Great post. I went to them in the late 60s. It was a profound experience and I shall never forget it.To those trees, I was not even the blink of an eye.
Yes, it clarifies our insignificance in the scope of creation doesn’t it. I find this comforting. I am so glad you experienced them.
Wow, they are amazing! I didn’t know anything living today was so old! I would love to see and touch them. Thanks for sharing your experience 🙂
Thank you more for appreciating these precious living fossils!
Powerful and very moving Cindy. I can only imagine being around such old souls of nature. Thank you for sharing their majesty and grace 🙏
Thank you Val. They make you teary with wonder!
Vous etes les bienvenus! 🌲
I wish they cold tell us their stories. I wonder what they have seen. It makes me feel small and insignificent and that’s a good thing.
Great pictures as always.
You and I think just alike! 🌲 🌲 <3
I know and I like it. (((Cindy)))
I do too.
We had them in the Ruby Mountains of Elko County too. They are pretty amazing.
I didn’t know this. Thank you for telling me.
Eleven thousand plus feet above sea level.
It is so awesome at these heights and higher!
Imagine, these trees were alive when the Pharaohs walked the Earth, even before the Great Pyramids was built.
Always amazing stories and photos now even dazzle the mind.
Beautiful Cindy, just beautiful
They moved me beyond words. They seem to hold the secrets of time. Thank you for understanding this Eddie. <3 🌲
How spectacular, Cindy! I’ve never heard of these beautiful trees before, so thank you for educating me. So many splendid things in our world, huh?!
Yes, our natural world is phenomenally precious! 🌲
Fascinating Cindy – some fine art in this world! 🙂
Yep, Mother Nature is the world’s best artist!
I was absolutely blown away by this, Cindy. Beautiful images and fascinating study. I couldn’t help but feel a deep sense of reverence as I looked at those ancient trees.
It makes me feel wonderful that you feel as I do, this sense of reverance was so strong here. Thank you Don for knowing and feeling this!
Aren’t they amazing trees! I used to love going into the high sierras and coming across them. Great photos!
You are wiser than I, since it took me this long to find them. My husband deserves the full credit for this. He had been wanting to visit them for several years.
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Incredibly ancient trees 🐵
Thank you Chris for supporting the ancient magnificent ones & cheers to you my friend~ 🌲
My pleasure Cindy 😃
Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos of the Methuselah trees. They are regal and beautiful and I am glad that they are mostly protected by their location and the weather. I hope they will still be standing in another 5,000 years.
I share your hopes and your admiration of these incredible old sentinels. Thank you! 🌲
What amazing trees, and incredible to think they have been around for so long.
It is mind boggling isn’t it!
I loved this post, the photography … thank YOU
Awww, thank you more for the kind appreciation~ <3
There’s so much character in those old stands.
It’s hard to come up with adjectives worthy of them isn’t it!
Old souls perhaps?
Yep. That does it! 🌲
Wonderful nature, full of surprises. They don’t make ’em like they used to. One of your best posts I think. 🙂
Ahhh, I am honored. You are a dear friend Graham.
These ancient trees are not only fascinating but beautiful; their history is amazing, I have never heard of them before Cindy so thank you for sharing the information and awesome photos of them. Now I want to see them for myself and experience what you felt as you walked through these majestic and incredible trees!
I so hope you do visit them. It will leave a lasting impresssion. They may not be able to talk, but they communicate a sense of the sacred. I am so glad you feel about them as I do Barb~ <3 🌲
They fascinate me Cindy – I’m just checking them out on Google for more info, although nothing I have found so far compares with the information in your blog.
Awww, you are very kind my friend!
Both beautiful and amazing. I didn’t know there was a whole grove of them; I’ve only ever seen one or two, and nothing as spectacular as that first tree.
There are so many of them that it is really impossible to say which tree is actually the oldest. There could be one older than Prometheus which was cut down in the 1960’s by a misguided scientist.
That must have been a spiritual experience, Cindy! Quantum physicists have been trying to teach us that even rock is a living organism and can obviously continue to allow life in that remote and barren region. I will never hike to that area and am grateful you took such impressive photos. Thank you for sharing.
I did something I essentially have never done. There were two women hiking near us and talking loudly and absolutely non-stop about inconsequential things. As we approached the ancient grove, I asked them if we could be silent so as to fully appreciate the experience. This was rude of me, but this is a deeply spiritual place, and I couldn’t pollute the experience with idle chatter. Thank you for sensing and knowing this. I wonder why they bothered to go.🌲
There were there to shine the light for you on how truly sacred it was. Contrast makes us appreciate things more. It was not rude and I do hope they appreciated your cautioning them. 🙂 Maybe they could finally get a bit of that as well.
“Contrast makes us appreciate things more.” This is true isn’t it. I never thought of this before. Contrast and difference do shine a light and certainly make us pay more attention. Thank you for this interpretation.
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These are beautiful testaments to nature and it’s ability to endure. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for caring about the ancient ones. 🌲
Magnificent trees!! Oh the stories they could tell 😊❤️
You do get some sense of this listening to their silence!
I took the liberty of sharing this on Facebook. This just blows me away to think how old these trees are. Humans only live for a 100 years or so…
I know. They are absolutely amazing and thank you very much for caring about them!
That is amazing. As I was reading, I want to touch the trees. I am glad you did and described what you felt. I completely understand your felling seeing/touching the oldest living things there.
Just an incredible experience that still gives me goosebumps…..I hope you go and touch them yourself my friend!
I am completely gobsmacked. To think that something so old could still be alive? Incredible, and utterly beautiful in its own way. Thank you!
It amazes that I didn’t know about these trees for most of my life. Seeing them felt like a miraculous surprise. Gobsmacked is exactly the right word and is still just how we feel. Thank you for understanding this! 🌲 <3
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The world truly is full of wonders and these thousands [yes – MULTIPLE thousands] of year old trees are amazing. They make our technological world and everything in it feel…irrelevant.
We really have no idea how old the oldest tree might be because as you mention there is a forest of them and it is difficult to guess age by appearance alone. We know how old the oldest “known” tree is, but the forest still retains her mystery and this is wonderous beyond words. I am grateful that you feel about them as I do.
To be honest, I had no idea that something so wonderful still existed in our rush, rush, technological world. Those trees are like something out of a fairytale.
I never knew of these either. They’re magnificent, both the story and their appearance. Great photos, Cindy. (Do you ever get tired of hearing that)?
I just get humbled and grateful to know wonderful people like you. <3
These are amazing. I did not know of them either.
There is no good excuse for me since I have driven by their turn off hundreds of times. Maybe their existance is not heavily publicized which is probably a good thing.
I’ll say. I think it must be awe inspiring and a little eerie to be among living things that old.
Yes. I was fascinated to learn later of the legendary curse that has reportedly afflicted the scientists who have cut into these trees. Reminds me of the curse of The Pharoahs tombs!
“A rose by any other name……”
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Gratitude to you for caring about the forest~ <3
These are amazing trees, Cindy! I am fascinated about the soil.
It’s basically ancient decomposed sea bed that was uplifted when the teutonic plates scraped against each other raising the sea bed to 14K+ feet. It’s alkaline and harsh for things to grow in. These trees seem to survive for millenia because their environment is so harsh, which is fascinating to ponder isn’t it!
I would gladly exist in their presence.
Yes. Exactly. With no noise. Only their silent sentience.
I wonder how those trees keep track of birthdays. Thanks so much for sharing something so special x Rowena
I think they maybe they might celebrate and we don’t notice! Thinking about what trees may do when bugs chew their leaves, makes me wonder about the alleged curse that befell the scientists who cut into the ancient ones! Moral to this story, don’t mess with 5000 years old trees that are looking forward to their next birthday! Check out:
Thanks so much for putting me onto this, Cindy. That was fascinating. Just confirms how finely tuned our ec0systems are! xx Rowena
Our world paradigm keeps shifting with new information! It’s great~ 🌳
Just beautiful. The first photo is amazing and there’s one that looks like a lizard. Wonderful trees.
I saw him too!
It is hard to imagine anything growing for such a long time. I’ve never heard of Methuselah grove.
Yes, the same for me. I don’t know how I missed this driving by all these years. I am just glad my husband directed me here!
unbelievable that something like this still exists on Earth proving once again that life finds away for every living organism.
It is wonderous and magical isn’t it! Something remaining unscathed by time for this long.
Amazing how old they are! It’s probably good that they are hard to reach and relatively unknown.
Yes, I think so too. It takes effort to get here so hopefully only people who care will bother to make the trip.
Cindy, your posts are always beautiful and informative. Thanks!
Awww, thank you my friend and visa versa 2UX2! 🌳 🌳
Love how gnarly these trees are! It’s interesting about the ancient sea bed because the Methuselah look like driftwood to me, only much larger, stronger, and hardier. I really must get myself out there to experience the tactile sensation for myself. Thanks Cindy for this amazing bit about life that’s been around longer than much of what we can even remember! <3
They do look like driftwood don’t they! When they die, because they are so impervious and tough they often remain standing like sculptures. There is a sculpture garden of dead trees that is visually striking. I do hope you go Lynn and hug a tree, or three, for me! 🌳 🌳 🌳
Stunning! I’d heard of them, and a long time ago seen a couple of black and white pictures of them. It must have been amazing to see them in real life. I hope they remain hidden, or some idiot might chop them down for firewood.
Or cover them in grafitti art, or carve their initials in them, and steal a branch for their mantle. What really amazes me is that no human has destroyed them yet, although a scientist did cut down the oldest recorded one. It is really amazing that these trees have survived human destruction for so long.It is probably because they are inconvenient to get to.
And may they stay that way!
Extraordinary, how lucky you are to have seen them and captured their gnarly beautiful strangeness. I adore tree photography. 🙂
“Gnarly beautiful strangeness.” This is a perfect description of them! 🌳 🌳
Grossartige Aufnahmen ! Herzlichen Dank Ernst.
Ich bin sehr erfreut, Ihnen die Baume Ernst mogen und gut sein, mein lieber Freund! 🌳
Simply ‘artreestic’ and I’m absolutely ‘treeilled’!!!! ✧٩(•́⌄•́๑)و ✧
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Vielen Dank fur die Sorge um die Baume! 🌳🌳
Wir danken Ihnen! LG
Incredible photos of these fab trees, Cindy, thank you.
So very pleased you like them too! 🌳🌳
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As you know I am a huge fan of Cinday Knoke and her incredible photography.. This post however is simply unmissable. If only these trees could talk… what tales they could tell from their 5000 year lifetimes.. Head over and catch the whole article.
Plants apparently do communicate with each other. We just don’t speak their language!
There is a legend that any scientist who cut into these trees has come to an untimely end, much like the curse of the pharoahs tomb. Thank you Sally for championing the ancient ones and be well my dear friend~
Fascinating thank you Cindy.. I shall watch my Ps and Qs around the trees and plants as we remove from our jungle. xx
I bet the trees know you are their friend!
Wonderful place and photo’s, Cindy!
Very happy you think so & cheers to you~
Really really awesome photos, and information. Thank you so much for taking the time to share this.
Thank you more for taking the time to appreciate them! 🌳
I had no idea such ancient trees existed – and in CA of all places!
Exactly my reaction. It’s like not seeing my nose on my face!
Amazing ancient trees! I never knew about it, too. I know that gingko bilboa tree is very old, but these are older 🙂
There are some trees that are a lot older, like the tree Buddha sat under, but those trees are clonal, genetic duplicates. The bristlecones are originals! 🌳
seeing the pictures , it looks like we have crafted
but , it’s just pretty
WP put about ten comments from my blogging friends in spam. I heard another blogger say this happened to them, so I checked spam, and it happened to me too. Thank you so much for your kind words and I am sorry I almost missed them!
Me too, I have the habit to check the spam, because there was some of the comments put by WP in this place, I wonder why
Thank you so much
Have a very nice tuesday Cindy
Yes, I will check now too and I am so very glad I didn’t miss these lovely words from you! <3
Amazing captures of different trees. Love the first pix and the one encased in a rock. Thanks for sharing! Beautiful!
I was amazed by this tree growing out of solid rock. It takes these trees hundreds of years to grow to a small tree and they can only grow in inhospitable soil and harsh conditons. If you plant them in your garden, they will die of root rot. Ignore them and they grow forever!
Nature have her ways! 😉😊
They are amazing aren’t they!
echt schön wieder, beste Grüße von mir für dich
Sie sind ein schoner Freund. Vielen Dank und gut sein! 🌳
vielen Dank, gebe ich gerne zurück, schönen Donnerstag möglichst mit Sonne wünsche ich uns
Alles Gute fur Sie mein Freund. Und danke fur die zuruck!
One of my favorite places ever. You can feel it is special while you are there. I recognize some of the trees. Great pics!
I am so glad you have experienced it and know the feeling!
Such strength in age – simply wonderful blend of colour and texture that only maturity can bring; ain’t mother nature wonderful <3
Mother Nature rocks & rolls!! 🌳
Fascinating information and exquisite photos!
Thank you Carol and be well my friend~ <3
Great post, Cindy. I didn’t know about these trees either. Thanks for sharing. 🙂 — Suzanne
It is wonderful there are still surprises like this waiting for us on this planet of ours! 🌳
The first photo took my breath away. I love photos of trees, especially ones like this. I will use it, and maybe some of the others, in a future GreenFriends newsletter.
I came to your blog this time to invite you to look at the Wordless Wednesday photo I put up today. I think you will like it. I’m doing new things with my blog. I know that it is photographs like yours that make me ever more interested in photography.
Thank you so much for championing these trees! They deserve our love and care. I will head over forthwith to see your new photography and look forward to it! 🌳
Wow Cindy, just blown away by the beauty you shared here! You are Awesome sauce!!!
Visa versa 2UX2!
How about that? Tolkien’s Ents are real …
Yes!!! And they talk with each other and put curses on humans who cut into them. Tolkien knew!!!
Thank you. I was fascinated to learn all this too!
<3 Learning is one of the great joys of life:-)
It is especially when the information is transformative and surprising!
So amazing, Cindy. It just boggles the mind to imagine them starting out so long ago. 🙂
They are mind boggling. Somehow I get the sense they are not all that impressed with us, but then, why should they be!
Exactly so. 😳
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Ancient trees, beautifully captured…thank you, Cindy!
Thank you my friend for loving the trees! 🌳 🌳
Thank you for taking time to capture and share their beauty…it’s definitely appreciated!
These trees are amazing! Just beautiful.
They are sculpted into amazing shapes by time and circumstance. So glad you like them too & cheers to you~ 🌳
I had read about that special place before and I’d love to visit it. I am grateful to have did it across your eyes. Thank you, Cindy. : )
I am so happy you appreciate the trees and I do hope you go and visit them. I’d love to go back in winter in snow shoes but the road most likely will be closed. 🌳 🌳
Cindy, your photography is outstanding ~ takes my breath away . . .
I am honored, and humbled. Thank you! 🌳
So much beauty in one post, Cindy!!
Awww, thank you & cheers too~ 🌳
wonderful trees, Beauty in decay, Beauty in old Age. Beauty in harsh surroundings. Thanks for showing us.
True beauty is not just for the young, in trees and in everything and everyone~ 🌳
If there was a possibility to fly over there tonight – I would. LOVE these! How incredibly lucky you are to have found them, seen them, touched them…You do not understand how much I envy you! Thank you for sharing this with us.
Yes! I want you to come and visit them! 🌳🌳 For both my husband and I it was a reverential experience. I can’t believe I live in the same state and have never seen them. Thank you so much for appreciating the wonder of the ancient ones Leya and be well my dear friend~
I wish…Maybe some day!
Wow! Never heard of these trees… ! Some of them look like they will roll up their roots and start walking around… fascinating! Just imagine they could talk… I think I’d pick up my roots and go and live with them to listen and learn…
I think maybe they can talk, to each other! Check out:
I just so wish we could understand them! Like Buddha we could sit at their trunks and learn the wisdom and secrets of the ages. 🌳
I had seen a documentary about the plants/trees proactive defenses quite some time ago… It is indeed a matter of learning their language, isn’t it… 🙂
But I’m afraid it will take me a few more lives to get to that point… :-/
Like an enchanted forest Cindy. Astounding to think how many years these beauties exist. <3
I think they know all of our secrets…… 🌳
I’ll be they do. 🙂
But they won’t tell!
Hi Cindy! I always see something fabulous here and today I’m learning something fabulous too. Thanks for blowing my mind this morning, I’m glad I made myself a double Latte, LOL Holy snap! 3051 BC !! Congratulations on getting up there for these awesome photo’s. I’m really glad it’s inaccessible, mankind has a way of spoiling the most wondrous gifts mother nature gives us. xb
I love your comments and the way you think and write my friend. You are so clever and your writing is so cheerful. Be well & thank you!
Blush, you’ve made my day Cindy! Thank you. Well now, I think you’re the bee’s knees too, so there you go. We’re like peanut butter and jam xB
Thank you so much for sharing this wonderous find with us and I too am glad it’s hard to get to so they can continue to survive in peace. Hope you are safe from the horrific fires racing through Southern California.
Thank you. I haven’t read the news today, it is too upsetting. We went through evacuation eight years ago at our former home in the burbs and now all these years later conditions are so much worse. I hope the ancient ones remain untouched.
Truly amazing! Wow
Age had gravitas doesn’t it! 🌳
yes!!! You bring so many cool things that I have never seen before, thank you for that!
All I can say is that I agree that those trees are the Methuselah Grove – not only are they ancient, but they look it. Beautiful photos!
Thank you. They look like they posess the wisdom of the ages don’t they! 🌳
Utterly breathtaking. Im not sure why your posts are not showing up in my Reader 🙁 so I just trekked on over for a peruse!
It happens to a fair number of people and it is quite annoying. It happens to me too~
Such beauty ~ twisted beauty ~ of these trees and the landscape you have captured Cindy. Unreal and it almost feels like a different planet looking at these photos. Incredible, and I hope one day to sit and admire such a view 🙂
I hope you do visit Randall because selfishly, I would love to see your photos! 🌳
🙂 Now that is worth the trip by itself 🙂
This was in spam too!! So sorry I almost missed it and thank you!!!
How fortunate you are to have experienced these ancient ones, Cindy. I have great reverence for these sacred trees and hope someday to see them for myself. Such a gift!
Yes, knowing what you value Eliza, I know you would love these 🌳🌳🌳! I hope you visit so I can see your photos and share your impressions~
“They” would hew them if “They” could! Thank you for this post!
They would and it is disgusting isn’t it. But if they do, the trees may well put a curse on them! I wouldn’t want to anger the ancient ones….. 🌳🌳
I love the trees, each with a unique personality. Wandering among them creates a sense of humility, Cindy, at least for me. They provide their own definition of tough. I also think they have great beauty (which you captured). Have I raved enough? The view isn’t bad either: two of my favorite places— Death Valley and the High Sierra! Thanks for sharing. –Curt
And The White Mountains in between with the San Andreas running through it all. California has some pretty intense natural beauty!
That it does Cindy! Keep bringing it to us with you photos… 🙂
Oh! These are wonderful trees and a sight.
They to seems to be witness to many thousands of years.
Because of their isolation they are still able to get to see.
Posts on your capture.
The trees thank you for seeing them as they are, and so do I Shiva! They are incredible living fossils~ 🌳🌳
They and you are lucky then.
It is amazing that Man has kept them alive till date. So we have to thank every being who has come across them to have allowed them to live.
And we need to thank you Shiva for respecting all living things~ <3
I’m blown away just looking at your gorgeous photos of these majestic trees!
Yes. We are still blown away by the experience and will be for some time. Whoever it is that doesn’t love a tree is no friend of mine~ 🌳🌳
Between the on going drought and wildfires out there, it is amazing they are still there, undisturbed and growing.
Yes, the state is in severe distress. I think a lot of the fires are caused by arsonists throwing incendiaries out of cars near freeways.
So sad that Calif. is going through all that, but sad too in why and how it started with the arson and carelessness.
Yes, it has just begun. Fire season peaks in Sept/Oct…..
Merci beaucoup mon ami!
You’re welcome! 😊
Thank you for taking us along! This was educational and amazing!
Thank you more for appreciating the trees! 🌳
They really are amazing!
Wow, Cindy, that is fabulous and original motive – I like so much your quality of photos – fantastic! Bye. Kamila
I am so glad you do and cheers to you Kamila~
Amazing beautiful place Cindy 🙂
It certainly was memorable to see and touch these amazing trees!
I believe you Cindy 🙂
Those tree “statues” are monumental works of art. Thank you, Mother Nature.
Wonderful pictures, Cindy 🙂
Part of the grove is called ‘The Sculpture Garden’ because of the presence of so many of these standing trees! 🌳 🌳
If only trees could talk.
Apparently they can!
Merci beaucoup mon ami! <3
This is magical Cindy– beyond time… (and, of course, beautifully photographed).
Ahhh, you are a lovely friend Rhonda~
What a wonderful post with fascinating photos. Those trees! Thank you for sharing.
Thank you much more for valuing the ancient ones! 🌳 🌳
Splendido weekend Cindy 🙂
E anche tu il mia amica ~
Thanks for sharing your amazing adventure.
So glad you joined me Sheri and hoping all is well with you and Tom~ <3
What an interesting learning experience. I love trees and am always on the hunt for intriguing ones. Thank you for sharing your tree safari. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey. <3
You are a joy to travel with Nancy & cheers to you my friend~
Absolutely gorgeous photos 🙂
Awww, honored & humbled. Thank you Jacquiline & cheers to you~
My pleasure 🙂
So happy you like them & thank you! დ
Just amazing, these trees. Love the intricacy of the twisting roots. But be careful hiking around there.
Their root system is just incredible isn’t it! So much is visible above ground.
The woods are fantastic, I love them all.
Very pleased that you do Bob. I was very impressed with your Kingfisher photo today!
Wow, Cindy. Thanks so much for sharing. I had not known these wondrous trees’ story till now. Breathtaking.
I didn’t know either and was pretty floored by the privelege of meeting them! So glad you feel as I do~ 🌳
Wonderful, Cindy. I love this kind of trees 🙂
WP put your comment in spam. I am so sorry I almost missed it! I am so pleased you like the ancient ones my friend~
You’re a happy case, Cindy. Other friends didn’t get my comments 🙁
We all need to check spam now for our friend’s comments~
Fantastic beautiful pictures Ms. Cindy, thank you for posting them for us others to get to see.
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Ms. Cindy has posted some very beautiful scenery pictures here on here on her site, please spend a few moments and take a look, I believe that most of you will agree with me about them being beautiful.
Thank you more for being such a thoughtful friend and for supporting these ancient trees! 🌳🌳🌳
Absolutely amazing. They’re so beautiful. And probably still only exist because they are inaccessible. They’re very humbling when you think of how they’ve survived. Thanks for sharing!
We live in a world filled with wonder! Thank you dear Linda and Happy Sunday~ 🌳
Great photographs and great trees… So beautiful. Thank you, Love, nia
Thank you more for caring about the 🌳🌳🌳 Nia & cheers to you!
What spectacular trees! Great photos, must have been quite and experience.
It was 🌳🌳🌳mendous! Happy Sunday my friend~
Wow, I had no idea about them either and feel happy that they are FAR from the madding crowds. I will never see them, I am not a hiker but like you it feels comforting to know they exist and are alive. And that interesting correlation etween hardship and longevity. A very inspiring and informative post – thank you… c
Yes, fascinating isn’t it. They survive possibly because the hostility of their environment makes them impervious and strong. If we plant them in our garden they will die of comfort ie., root rot. It’s interesting to think about the analogy with humans. We die sometimes of over comfort too, ie., couch potato life styles, over eating of high caloric “comfort” foods, over imbibing etoh, exposure to emf’s and chemical by products etc etc, all designed to make us more comfortable.
Beautiful photos of venerable trees, Cindy. Glad you got to see them!
I wonder why it took me so long. Maybe I needed to be older to fully appreciate them~
This was a touching tribute to the origins of an ancient “tribe” of trees, Cindy. I absolutely loved the history and scientific details~ you could tell they moved you very much! xo hugs!
Thank you for understanding so perfectly as you always do my dear friend Robin and be well~ 🌳
In the fourth picture from the top, the trees look like they are kneeling. These are exquisite living specimens. How precious to visit with them and experience their energy.
Yes! It is an amazing experience and now my brother is going to meet them too! 🌳🌳
Fascinating post, Cindy. I had no idea such “living fossils” existed in that part of the U.S.A. Amazing.
We both didn’t know! It is pretty amazing to visit them. Have a wonderful week Patti!
Wonderful Cindy. Nature is inspiring and these trees are amazing. Thanks. 🙂
And WP put your comment in spam! I am so happy I found it! Thanks so much my friend and I apologize for WP’s glitch~
I’m glad you saved me from spam! Thanks. 🙂
You, in no way, belong in spam my friend. So frustrating……
Those are truly strange trees. At first, we thought that they were previously hit by lightning or something, which explains the blackened bark. Only when we read the entire post did we realize that the methuselahs were really intact.
We have a similar grove like that, consisting of trees that died because they are near a natural solfatara; they were suffocated by the sulfur.
That is remarkable. I have seen trees that died of sulfur in Yellowstone. I would love to see yours. They make haunting imagery~
My goodness, Cindy. They look other-worldly!
This is the exact term my husband used to describe them!
¡Qué árboles tan impresionantes! Seguramente se han conservado gracias a estar en una zona inaccesible. Si fuese una zona de fácil acceso el turismo se los habría tragado. Mejor que sigan aislados y así seguirán siendo unos supervivientes. Abrazos Cindy, y sigue disfrutando de estas maravillas <3
Estoy de acuerdo contigo! Ellos son magnificas. Me alegro de que estan en un lugar aislado tambien. Espero que viven en y en! Un abrazo a mi querida amiga~ <3
I am always in awe of what you see through your camera lens – thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures of God’s Gifts.
You are a dear friend, dear friend~ <3 <3
Thank you for sharing these ancient treasures, Cindy! I too had never heard of them…and your photos are spectacular, as always. 🙂
Awww, you a very thoughtful my friend. So happy you like them as I do. Cheers & have a great week!
Cindy, this was a great post. I got so excited I had to see exactly where these trees were and was surprised to find it was at Big Basin National Park. I had seen the cut off to this park off the 15 freeway but didn’t really know what it was all about. As a result of your post I have been exploring it online and my husband and I are talking about when we can get out there. Thanks again, Jan
My brother is going now too! I think it is important for conservation minded people to visit these trees. Once you experience them, you will be emotionally invested in protecting them. There are other bristlecone pine forests. The oldest trees are not in the Natonal Park (go figure). The Methusula Grove is in the White Mountains in California. We accessed The Grove from off of the 395 near Big Pine California. Google Ancient Bristlecone Forest and you will find information on this grove and how to reach it. I do hope you go and post about your experience of this sacred place~
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I can’t believe the beauty of the twisting bark.
Old Age = Beauty. It is an equation we are not used too~
So true, I guess it requires different outlooks on life!
Where’s his smile ??? 🙂
He is 5000 years old! He doesn’t have to smile! 🙂 Hugs to you cuz!
What amazing trees. Even though we don’t understand it, in our short lives, they live in a way quite different from us. Their thoughts would be worth knowing, with such long lives. Perhaps we wouldn’t be capable of using advice they gave us. Their best protection is that no clever person has thought of a use for them.
And so far they have not inconvenienced humans by growing somewhere we want to develop, or having wood we want to harvest. I just heard the entire Washington state wolf pack is going to be shot for eating cows. God forbid they eat cows. We want to eat these cows. Most humans don’t change, unfortunately.
Oh, that is sad about the wolves. I have some sympathies for ranchers because they operate on a margin. So many people take a slice of the beef profit. Any loss of stock eats up the margin that they keep as profit. I was staying in a B&B in Scotland once, and the owner’s cow died. Fell in a stream, broke a leg and drown. She was devastated. Wept and howled. I feel like weeping and howling for the wolves, too, though. It’s a hard old world.
It is indeed.
I am honored~
Thank you so much for sharing these pictures. I also love the trees but have never met one of these. I love these kinds of posts where I learn a little bit about something.
I love bloggers for this same reason! I always see, learn, or read something new and wonderful from bloggers. When you think about this for awhile you realize this doesn’t happen in any other published media forum, which is why I love bloggers and blogging! <3
Bonjour CINDY super ces photos dont les arbres peuvent avoir beaucoup de formes
je passe comme promis sur ton joli blog
Je te dépose un rayon de lumière
tendresse et bonheur
Ton blog j’aime le feuilleté lire tes écris , tes poèmes tes montages ou autres toujours un énorme plaisir de découvrir tes nouveautés
Passe une très belle journée que ce soit en famille enfants ou entre amis
Merci beaucoup mon ami Bernard! Bisous amitie~
Thank you for taking us there, Cindy! So moving to see these majestic trees.
Good to know they are in a isolated place.
I am responding to you Amy even though all my comments are disappearing! Arghhhhh…… and thank you~
All my comments are erasing!!! So sorry Amy~
Oh no… How that happened? Have you contacted WP support?
My response will not post! ):
My responses are erasing! Sorry!
Are those trees the oldest living things on earth? Wonderful in their age.
They are. Amazing aren’t they!