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Dead bristlecone pine        Images © Mark A. Chappell

This weathered piece of the stump of an old bristlecone pine faces the Owens Valley and eastern Sierra Nevada from the crest of California's White Mountains. Bristlecones are probably the longest-lived individual organisms (excluding self-propagating clones). At least one tree growing close to where this picture was taken is more than 4,500 years old.

  • Canon EOS1v, 17-40 mm lens at 20 mm; Velvia 100 with polarizer (2003)