Here we see the Pine Bristles, a Pine Cone and we get a look at the wood grain. This tree is probably a mere infant - perhaps 600 years old. The beautiful grain is exposed here in this view. The Bristlecones grow so very slowly that their rings are very tight and compact. In fact the Ancient Bristlecone Pine tree is key to the adjustment of carbon dating. These tree rings are so precise, they were used in the research and refinement of carbon dating techniques. Because of the resulting adjustments made to carbon dating, many ancient artifacts were adjusted in age by a thousand years in some cases.
Close examination of many Bristlecone PInes reveals that they are still alive even though they may appear (to the eye) to be dead. And the trees that truly are dead, do not deteriorate very rapidly at all because of the cool, dry climate. At 10,000 feet elevation in the White Mountains, plants grow slowly and die even slower.
Another interesting point is about the White Mountains themselves. The mountain range lies just inside the California border, west of the State of Nevada, but EAST of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The White Mountain range is considered part of the Great Basin rather than Pacific and Sierra Nevada ranges. Truly a unique and fascinating grouping of mountains!
** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"
- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)
- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.
::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"; Earth Wind and Fire