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Twisted Sister

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 1 May 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This one looks as if she could be related to the Wizard.. I call her "Twisted Sister." She is probably around 2500-3,000 Years old.

The White Mountains, in which these trees exist, stretch a mere 110 miles north and south and are in a "rain shadow" of the Sierra Nevads, which lie to the west. The predominant moisture comes in to California from the Pacific (west and northwest) and flows from west to east accross the state. Since the White Mountains lie to the east of the generally higher (and longer) Sierra Nevadas, a typical yearly rainfall for "The Whites" remains between 6 - 12 inches per year, while the Sierra Nevada Mountain range can receive, in terms of rain water (not snow, which is usually much more), around 20-30 inches a year, depending on location and altitude.

In the Rocky Mountains, there are different varieties of Bristlecone Pines. In addition, Bristlecone Pines closely resembling this variety can be found In Nevada, within Great Basin National Park. But the concentration in numbers and this specific variety is only found here at this location in the White Mountains.

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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
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; Earth Wind and Fire

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

This is excellent, Denny! What a specimen! Great photograph.

1 May 2011 5:20am

@Francisco Romero: Hi Francisco -thank you very much ;-)

Monterey John from Hollister, CA, United States

Interesting!

1 May 2011 5:22am

@Monterey John: Indeed - Thanks John!

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

fabulous capture

1 May 2011 5:51am

@john4jack: Thanks You Jack!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

these trees are so incredible!!

1 May 2011 11:13am

@Scene by Sharon Photography: They are for sure - I am glad you're enjoynig them Sharon...lets plan that West Coast Canada and US tour soon!!

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Too cool - just the loved the twisted and gnarled nature of this one. She looks a fair size. Do you remember about how tall she was?

1 May 2011 12:46pm

@Jason Politte: Hi Jason ..Buzzing in and out this weekend- I will respond better to all later but this tree was around 20( ) feet tall at that point, if I recall correctly...Thanks very much for your kind comments ;-)

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Surreal and outstanding!

1 May 2011 1:26pm

@Ralph Jones: Thank you very much, Ralph!

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Another great photo of a magnificent subject. The text is very informative as well.

1 May 2011 1:49pm

@Kenny: I appreciate your comments greatly, Kenny - Thank you so much!

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Well seen and captured Denny! This is really gnarly dude! ;-)

1 May 2011 7:24pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks very much Eric!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Oh, if only those old twisted limbs could talk !

1 May 2011 7:57pm

@Ronnie 2¢: That's forsure...can you imagine the tales? Much appreciated Ronnie and Lilly!

Richard from Duns, United Kingdom

Fabulous title, fabulous hot Deny, what else can I say? Fantastic!

1 May 2011 8:13pm

@Richard: Many thanks Richard - I love your images so much, it is a privelage to hear from you ;-)

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Great title! This is another beautiful composition!

1 May 2011 11:05pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

fantastic! All of these shots are just amazing -

3 May 2011 10:30pm