Seeking out the bristlecone pine in the rarified air of the mountain Southwest, David Muench finds both spiritual pilgrimage and everlasting challenge
By James Lawrence
Published January 1, 2008
Anchored to the steep, rocky flanks of a peak in California’s White Mountains stands a bristlecone pine so utterly exposed to the extreme climate and withering winds, it seems incredible that it ever germinated, much less matured. That this tortuously wrought living entity endured the extremes of nature’s fury for more than 4,800 years is downright miraculous.
To read this On Location article, become a Member.
Become an Outdoor Photographer Member to access this On Location Article, plus techniques, inspiration and equipment reviews from the pros!