Touch The Sky: Milky Way Over The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, California (Long Exposure Night Sky Photography)


Please click on the photo to view it larger and more clearly!  Thanks!  It really does look a lot clearer, it does.

You’re looking at trees in the most ancient forest in the world.  Some bristlecone pine trees can live for around 5000 years. And even after they die, the tree trunks can stay for another five thousand years. So it’s possible that some of the trunks that one walks amongst are approaching 10,000 years old. These trees are the oldest living things on the planet, and it really blows the mind to think that you are walking in a forest of trees that may have been around when Buddha was walking the earth, some around even before George Burns was born.

Title: Touch The Sky, Plate 2698
Photographer: Ken Lee
Info: Nikon D7000, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 20 second exposure, f/2.8, ISO 3200. Light painted with flashlight. 10:35 pm 29 July 2013.
Location: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, White Mountains, California.

Equipment:  Nikon D7000, Tokina AT-X 116, Feisol tripod.

You can see more of these photos here  on my Ken Lee Photography Facebook Page (poke your head in, say hi, and “like” the page if you would, uh, like). We discuss long exposure, night sky, star trails, and coastal long exposure photography, as well as lots of other things, so I hope you can join us!

And you can go to the Ken Lee Photography website, which has more photos from Ken Lee.  Thank you very much for visiting!



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