Photo tips, tricks and my latest captures

Bristlecone pine tree under the canopy of the Milky Way Galaxy

Bristlecone pine trees are some of the oldest living things in the world. They are found at very high elevations usually above 9000 feet. They prefer soil rich in dolomite. Dolomite has a high concentration of calcium magnesium carbonate (very alkaline) and only very few species can grow in this soil. Bristlecone pines thrive in this harsh environment. This particular forest is part of the Inyo National Forest in California. Getting there is easy. Take highway 168 just north of Big Pine. Follow Hwy 168 east 13 miles to White Mountain Road. Turn left (north) and drive 10 miles to the Schulman Grove Visitor Center. There is a $3 fee. If your pressed for time take the Discovery trail (1 mile) which is shorter but has two of the most famous photogenic  trees. This tree had been dead for a while. Harshaj_061207_1655web This living tree ( 3000-4000 yrs old) sits right next to the dead tree. Harshaj_061206_1505web The Methuselah Trail is 4.5 miles long and has an elevation gain of 900 feet. This trail takes you to the world’s oldest tree. The tree is estimated to be 4,743 years old and not marked to avoid vandalism. This is a view looking south from the Methuselah Trail. harshaj_130711_375web Patriarch Grove Take the gavel road for 12 miles  from  Schulman Grove . The Patriarch Gove has the largest Bristlecone pine tree in the world. It is well-marked on the  Timberline Ancients Nature Trail.  Elevation here is at least 11, 000 feet. If you walk southwest from  the parking lot for less than 1/4 mile you come across several very photogenic pine trees. harshaj_130710_307web This brings me to the title picture that is displayed above.  In the next post I will talk about planning and making this shot. Stay tuned.

6 responses

  1. Jack Vanden Heuvel

    Thanks for the photo and post info on the bristlecone pine! Excellent. WHEN did you take this? I was just there a couple weeks ago, but not to Patriarch. I got back from my trip a couple days ago. I have not had time to work on my photos. Starting today. Glad to be back for autumn here. Good trip. National Parks closing knocked out Yoseeti for me, so we left early. Karen was not wanting to stay longer either, and instead we hit the Colorado Rockies a couple days. Blessings brother! Jack Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 01:56:18 +0000 To:

    October 14, 2013 at 1:16 pm

  2. Jack Vanden Heuvel

    Dewitt s image today #184 of bristlecone pines under this week images is nice too… clouds, and backlighting on plants. Date: Mon, 14 Oct 2013 01:56:18 +0000 To:

    October 14, 2013 at 1:24 pm

  3. cathy s. beck

    This picture is stunning, Harsha!

    October 14, 2013 at 6:31 pm

  4. Very nice photo indeed! =)

    December 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

  5. beautiful photo! makes me want to pick up my camera and try to improve…

    January 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm

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