The Digital Photo Guy

It’s That Time of Year!

by on Sep.24, 2013, under Articles, Monday Morning Tips

Annual Eastern Sierras Trip

This year, my goal is to find Methuselah, the second oldest living tree in the world at 4845 years old. It’s located somewhere along Methuselah Trail, near the Ancient Bristlecone Pines National Forest Visitor Center. The oldest is also a bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) recently dated at 5062 years old in the same area. This newest oldest tree was, in fact, cored in the 1950s by Edmund Schulman but undated until 2012. Both trees are still living but unmarked to prevent modern day neanderthals from cutting off pieces for souvenirs as some aformentioned neanderthal did with Metuselah.

Indigestion   Woots   King Of the Hill

The above photos are from 2010 and are among my favorites from the White Mountains. This year, I hope to photograph Methuselah. Time permitting, I also plan to drive the extra 12 miles to Patriarch Grove to photograph Patriarch, the largest bristlecone pine in the eastern sierras. At just 1500 years old, Patriarch is a relative youngster.

From the White Mountains, I plan to check out Bodie to see if conditions warrant waiting a few days for snow. If not, I’ll head for Alabama Hills to find and photograph as many arches as I can find in a few days. Along the way, I’ll look for opportunities along McGhee Creek, Mono Lake and Bishop.

Lathe Arch   Mobius Arch   Mono Lake Sunrise

If anyone would like to join me, send me an e-mail and we’ll make plans to meet somewhere along the way.

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6 Comments for this entry

  • Tony King

    Lee , I wouldn’t advise in a Geo Tracker as down at the bottom you have to cross the creek a couple times and I remember needing some ground clearance .

  • Tony King

    The Bristlecone Pines Forest are amazing. I like that slice of tree in the visitor center with timeline on it. It really gives you perspective of how long they have been growing. That one area on the trail that shows you what used to be lakebed 10,000 feet below you is pretty cool too. We took our Jeep down Silver Canyon for the ride home and that was really cool too !

    • Lee

      We’ll have our toad (Geo Tracker) with us this time so we might try Silver Canyon. As you’re aware, that road is not something for an RV. Thanks for the tip.

  • Cyndi

    Fond memories….
    Wish I could join you. Wrecked rig 5/31 just got agreement last week that it was totaled so I have been grounded al summer. Was supposed to be in Canadian Rockies/heading to Pacific NW. Looks like you two are enjoying retirement!
    Cyndi

    • Lee

      Wow! Sorry about your RV. Glad no one was injured. Amazed it took insurance 4 months to total it. Of course, that’s 4 months longer they kept the money in their pockets. Good luck.



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