Bristlecone Pine and Earth Shadow at Twilight, White Mountains,
© 2005 Jerry Dodrill
at 12,000' on an alpine ridge on the Nevada/California Border,
the Great Basin Bristlecone Pines (Pinus Longaeva)are
the oldest organisms on Earth, living to nearly 5,000 years.
the gnarled old trees and representing them the dignity
they deserve is quite a challenge. Their habitat is steep
and rocky with no easy background for reference. On the
day I made this image I followed my instinct, wanting a
backdrop and context to show the location in which these
trees live. The peak sunlight came and went, and I was still
searching for the right scene when this tree presented itself
to me. It reveals the desperate fight for survival in this
most inhospitable landscape.