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Rick Parchen

Sunrise over the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

The White Mountains in Eastern California are home to some of the oldest living organisms in the world, as they top out around ~5,000 years old. A mix of extremely high altitude, cold weather, little rain, and rocky soil, lead to a very short growing seasons and these trees only grow about a feet every hundred years. I was hoping for a fiery red sunrise but was treated with a much more subtle golden morning, which I won't complain about. It's an area that I won't soon forget and one that I'll hopefully be able to visit again shortly. Enjoy!!

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