BristleCone PineGREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK, NEVADA
Bristlecone Pines are the longest living tree and possibly the longest-living life form on Earth. Some are over 5,000 years old but this one is probably closer to 3,000 years. Their ability to survive in harsh conditions is due to their slow growth which produces very dense wood which is resistant to insects, fungi, rot and erosion. I was enamored by their legendary twisted shapes and how a thing appearing to be long-since dead, would have new growth. Perhaps it could teach us about hope, persistence, resilience, determination and a commitment to Life in challenging times.