This twisted ancient bristlecone pine tree was probably thousands of years old when it died. Another, similar tree a stone's throw away was 3,200 years old when it died in the 1600s (determined by tree ring analysis), and there are much older ones. Of course, that's nothing compared to the age of that thing rising behind it - the Milky Way galaxy. It's only fitting that these two ancients meet, if only figuratively in a photograph. This is a single exposure of 25s at 14mm, ISO 12800, f/2.8, taken in the Bristlecone Pine forest in the Eastern Sierras, just east of Big Pine, CA.