Monday Bristlecone Blogging

A few months ago, on a tip from Abel Pharmboy of Terra Sigillata, I paid a visit to some of this planet’s senior residents — the bristlecone pines of Windy Ridge, near Alma, Colorado. These magnificent trees stand at the very edge of treeline, in a landscape barren of anything much larger than a tuft of moss. They have the neighborhood to themselves because this is a rough place to make a living.

bristlecone pine

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8 Responses to “Monday Bristlecone Blogging”

  1. davidp Says:

    Nice picture, but a 3.4Mb image on the front page is a bit big for viewing from here.

  2. site admin Says:

    Well, now, that’s exactly the kind of feedback an amateur like me needs!

    It previewed just fine, so I paid no attention to the file’s gigundity.

    It’s 300k now, and looks OK to me.
    How does it look to you?

  3. Ed Darrell Says:

    Everything about bristlecones is pretty — the needles are nice, the cones are beautiful, the bark is stellar.

    Any idea how old the oldest in this stand are?

  4. site admin Says:

    Multiple sources, including (if I recall correctly) the plaque at the site, give the stand’s age at “over a thousand years.” The oldest bristlecone in Colorado is believed to be one of the Mt. Goliath stand, at 1,570 years old. Even that tree is kind of a spring chicken among bristlecones, given that Methuselah has been with us for over 4,700 years.
    Bristlecones are notable for more than their otherworldly beauty — a subject I hope to take up sometime soon.

  5. Abel Pharmboy Says:

    Jim, thanks for the link and reminding me that we talked about this awhile back. The photo makes me long for the old stompin’ grounds.

  6. Dano Says:

    I just drove thru Alma last weekend, Jim. My buddy wasn’t one of those to pay homage so we kept going. Thank you for being on top of the important things.



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