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.
** 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