Ancient Bristlecone Pine and the Summer Milky Way, California

Ancient Bristlecone Pine and the Summer Milky Way

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Ancient Bristlecone Pine and the Summer Milky Way
White Mountains, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, California   –   June 19, 2015
Canon EOS 6D   *   Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 IF ED UMC   *   ISO 6400   *   30 sec @ f/2.8

This exposure looks toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy, visible on summer nights in the Northern Hemisphere. The ancient Bristlecone Pines are the oldest living organisms on Earth. In the arid White Mountains of California, some have lived over five thousand years old. Higher up, these dead trees date back some ten thousand years.

At higher elevations, you encounter long-dead but photogenic spcimens that date back some ten thousand years -- a blink of time compared to the galaxy above.

Photo ID: 20150619-62