"Sweet are the uses of adversity"

May 28, 2010

When William Shakespeare wrote these words, 

these Bristlecone Pines were already over 1,000 years old.


SN10044SN10044Bristlecone Pine

Inyo National Forest, California
May 2010

The short, dry growing season and nutrient-poor soil of the

White Mountians causes these trees to

produce very small amounts of extremely dense and resinous wood. 

This wood resists insects and animal pests, infection, heart rot and fire.

SN10046SN10046Bristlecone Pine Forest

Inyo National Forest, California
May 2010

The ability to use adversity to its advantage allowed

bristlecones to evolve into a living monument of time.

- - from trail sign at Schulman Grove, Inyo National Forest