The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Petrified Forest is an amazing protected area high in the White Mountains in Inyo County in eastern California. The bristlecone trees are protected within the Inyo National Forest. The trees of the Bristlecone Pine Forest are the oldest recorded living things on earth, with an age range of between 2,000 and over 5,000 years old. Just gazing at the twisted trunks and tortured, but colorful trucks of the Bristlecone Pines makes one ponder what these trees have lived through. Our major portion of earth’s entire history is within the lifespan of these trees.
The Bristlecone Pines Petrified forest is located in the White Mountain range between 8,000 and 11,000 feet elevation. At this height, a hiker requires special care and must drink plenty of fluids, but the photographic opportunity is fantastic. I was fortunate on this day (early October) you have a light snowfall with streaks of sunlight over the mountain range. The hour-long drive up the mountain is closed in winter and would be very difficult to hike on foot, therefore, the images with snow are more visually unique. I have many images to share in future posts.