Eastern Sierra

Photographs from the Eastern Sierra Mountains of California

Bristlecone Pine (2006)
Bristlecone Pine (2006)
Gaze on a bristlecone pine and you are gazing upon the oldest living thing on earth. Touch its bark and you may be touching a living thing that was a germinating seed when the Pharos were stacking block upon block to build the pyramids five thousand years ago. Some skeletons still standing have had their origins traced back ten thousand years to the time of the ice age. No civilization on earth, no matter how great, has outlived them. Man, for all his intelligence and cleverness, has created very few monuments that have survived as long as they.

Ralph Nordstrom