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08-04-19 – Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest



Wander to Ancient Bristlecones

The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is a protected area high in the White Mountains in Inyo County in eastern California. The Great Basin bristlecone pine trees grow between 9,800 and 11,000 feet above sea level, in xeric alpine conditions, protected within the Inyo National Forest. Limber pine also grow in the forest.

The Methuselah Grove in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest is the location of the “Methuselah”, a Great Basin bristlecone pine that is 4,851 years old. It is considered to be the world’s oldest known and confirmed living non-clonal organism. It was temporarily superseded by the discovery in 2013 of another bristlecone pine in the same area with an age of 5,069 years (germination in 3051 BC), however in May 2017, Dr. Peter Brown removed this tree from his database of old trees because the core sample cannot be found. “Methuselah” is not marked in the forest, to ensure added protection from vandals.

Source: Wikipedia

02-24-18 – New Mexico Wander, Route 4



A leisurely drive up Route 4 as it passes through Jemez Pueblo and Jemez Springs as it climbs steeply into the Jemez Mountains and Santa Fe National Forest, to the southern boundary of Valles Caldera National Preserve.

02-24-18 – National Museum of Nuclear Science & History

The nation’s only congressionally chartered museum in its field. An intriguing place to learn the story of the Atomic Age.

Exhibits spanning the early research of nuclear development through today’s peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

05-24-14 – Lake Tahoe


On my way to the National Parks to the north, I decided to take the scenic route around Lake Tahoe.

05-24-14 – Mono Lake for Camelopardalids




I raced out to Mono Lake after work to set up to try to capture the Camelopardalid meteor shower. While the meteor shower didn’t quite live up to the more optimistic projections, I was treated to a lovely sunrise, and as I headed north, I saw a hot air balloon practicing in a nearby field.

05-24-14 – Lassen Volcanic National Park




A visit to Lassen Volcanic National Park for a scenic drive-through, stopping at every vista point.

05-24-14 – Long Beach at Night




After gathering with some friends for a belated birthday dinner, I spent some time doing long exposures at Long Beach Harbor.

05-04-14 – Petrified Forest National Park




I spent the better part of a day driving through Petrified Forest National Park. It so much more than some tree fossils! Blue Mesa, Painted Desert, pueblos, petroglyphs… it is a gem of our National Park system.

05-04-14 – Tonto National Forest




I passed through the lovely Tonto National Forest on the way to Petrified Forest National Park

05-03-14 – Sedona




Sought some guidance from the wild energies of Sedona, Arizona