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A Very Often-Photographed Piece of

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Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 23 July 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This piece has been photographed and published by countless photographers - all at various times of day, season, and angle. It is a wonderfully striking example of the beauty of the wood grain. This will be the last "formal" picture from Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest - tomorrow is a departure shot. By the way the other trees that you see are also Bristlecone Pines...just a LOT younger!!

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Oriol from Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia, Spain

What a powerful and yet delicate photo! If wood could talk and explain everything that has lived!

23 Jul 2010 7:25am

@Oriol: Hi Oriol ! Thank you very much for your comment. Yes this piece is an amazing piece of wood. It is no waonder that so many photographs have been taken of just this one piece. I wish you all the best - Denny

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Amazing - I'm surprised that someone hasn't had a go at stealing it.

23 Jul 2010 7:35am

@Nigel: Hi Nigel - and thank you:-) If I recall, the entire piece is still attached (although it does not appear so from this view) to the ground via roots and rocks (there is some living still inside. Although the Preserve is thinly staffed, I imagine that they may hear the sounds of a saw because it is so quiet up there and this piece is situated, really, not very far at all from the little museum they have. Nevertheless I suppose some idiot out there has thought about it. Thanks Nigel

Sylvie49 capture image from Vallée de la Loire, France

amazing ! beautiful color

23 Jul 2010 9:27am

@Sylvie49 capture image: Hi Sylvie - Thank you very much for your comment - I love your photo of the little lavender store - really great!! Thank You.

JJ from Jersey City, United States

The colors and grain and indeed so cool to see, thanks for this series

23 Jul 2010 12:47pm

@JJ: Hi JJ and thank you. I actually was not aware of it's popularuty (amongst photags) when I took this shot myself in 2006, but I have since learned....amazing indeed.

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

These shots of this textured and weathered wood are beautiful. In Aspen at a music festival a couple of years ago we bought a CD that has a song about Bristlecone Pines.

23 Jul 2010 1:09pm

@B. Thomas: Wow that's cool - I would like to hear that sometime. Thank you for your comment Barbara and welcome back -ugh - too hot!!

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I cans see why this is often photographed. Th fluid lines hint at a variety of shapes and images in the grain and that is so striking here. You've captured it perfectly in beautiful light. Excellent.

23 Jul 2010 3:17pm

@Bettina: Thank you Bettina - yes these trees are inspiring and beautiful

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Awesome trees!

23 Jul 2010 3:46pm

@Steve Rice: Absolutely - thank you Steve!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

And a worthy subject indeed!

23 Jul 2010 7:05pm

@john4jack: Yes it is for sure - Thanks Jack - all the best.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I really love this, too! great warmth of the wood, and of course the texture is great! I have never seen these in person, but I would love to! Thanks for your wonderful comments, too! ( Though I don't think I'm really worthy!) Just lovin' what I do!

23 Jul 2010 7:26pm

@Tracy: Hi Tracy and thank you very much for your comment. I highly recommend a visit - you would do wonders with your camera and talent I know. The Ancient ones make wonderful subjects and they speak if one just listens. All the Best -Denny

Phil David Alexander Morris from Canada

Your shot here is amazingly beautiful. The piece of wood has developed
its own patina almost as if it had been stained. Lovely work of art.

23 Jul 2010 8:39pm

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Hi Phil David - Thank you very much I really appreciate the nice words. These trees are magical and the entire Preserve is full of energy and awe.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A very warm vermilion piece that contrasts nicely with its surroundings. Another intriguing shape as well.

24 Jul 2010 1:46am

@Steven: Hi Steven -Thank you very much - Vermillion is the word alright - good point Take Care - Denny

Beat from Switzerland

superbe shot of this great find. well framed

24 Jul 2010 3:59am

@Beat: Hi and Thank yu very much for your comment! I really like your photos and will look at them regularly - they are fantastic.

Julie from Easton, United States

I agree with the grain! Sheesh, I really wish we had these here on this side of the country! Great shot!

24 Jul 2010 4:51am

@Julie: Hi Julie - Thank you very much - I will search around in the Hills and Poconoc, I'll bet there is some cedar that bears resemblance - but yes you are rght - the grain is really awesome. If you ever go out be sure to stop here - it is worth the trip.

Andrea from Regina, Canada

More like a sculpture than a tree. Nature's art, I suppose, sculpted over thousands of years. That really is quite incredible. Thanks for sharing.

24 Jul 2010 4:49pm

@Andrea: Yes you are absolutely right Andrea...I think that is what has struck all of the photraphers over the years - here it is - a sculpture by Mother Earth on display for all to see and enjoy!

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

I see that it has been cut. The texture and lines are very interesting as well as the weathering.

25 Jul 2010 5:06pm

@Julie Brown: Actually that's right - I am not sure what the story is there - next time I am there I wil ask the could have been for "scientific" purposes or some other means...I still just do not want to think that someone would do that out of meanness - but I guess it is possible .

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