My Favorite Bristlecone

I am very excited to be heading back to the Bristlecone Pine groves of the White Mountains in California near the Nevada border next week. These trees, among the oldest of all living things, grow high in the desert mountain range east of the Sierras. They are very beautiful in their gnarled and twisted ancientness.

Communing with nature in the Patriarch Grove of Bristlecone Pines is one of my favorite activities, and the tree shown in the two images below is one of my favorite trees among the Patriarchs. In fact, one friend of mine has claimed that I was “in love” with this tree. Certainly, I have spent much time gazing at it and waiting for my long HDR exposures to complete. One could certainly do worse in picking an inamorata!

In the Patriarch Grove by Harold Davis

In the Patriarch Grove © Harold Davis

I am looking forward to leading a night photography workshop in the Patriarch Grove, and also of course pursuing my own work in this incredibly gorgeous landscape.

Patriarch by Harold Davis

Patriarch © Harold Davis

You may be interested in some of my other stories on my blog about the Bristlecones, most ancient of all trees. Check out Seeking Methuselah; Touching the Rainbow; Distant Night Storm; and When Workshops Collide.

A gentle reminder about my autumn workshops in Berkeley, CA:

An early-bird special is in place for these workshops until the end of August 2012. If you are interested in these workshops please consider taking advantage of the discount—particularly as based on past experience we expect the workshops may fill by mid-September:

HDR (High Dynamic Range) Photography Bootcamp with Harold Davis: Saturday October 6

Digital Black & White Master Class: Full Day Workshop with Harold Davis: Saturday November 3

Photographing Flowers for Transparency with Harold Davis: Saturday December 1

Bamboo 2 by Harold Davis

Bamboo 2 © Harold Davis

Comments from those who have attended my workshops:

“He was very giving of his talents and time. The course was very organized and thorough. Loved it! Learned so much! ”

“Very creative and a marvelous instructor.”

“AWESOME…instructor and photographer.”

“Harold’s techniques as demonstrated through his many books have revolutionized my approach to photography and has accelerated my abilities in a very short period of time. I appreciate that he is so accessible and giving of his time.”

“I think that Harold’s passion for teaching about photography is only second to doing photography in a creative way. ”

“Harold is a peach. Great skill, without the ego of most master photographers.”

If you are in the Southeast near Richmond, VA please keep in mind my full-day workshop. The cost is $60 ($72 with lunch) and the goal is to inspire you to creatively take your photography up a notch. Click here for information and registration.

This entry was posted in Landscape, Photography, Workshops.


  1. EdB September 1, 2012 at 10:18 pm #

    Is there a larger view of “In the patriarch grove” posted? It certainly qualifies as one of my favorite bristlecone shots, and I’d like to see more detail. Even better if you have a post explaining it.

    Its great to see someone who appreciates the Eastern Sierra and the Whites.


  2. Harold Davis September 2, 2012 at 10:21 am #

    Thanks Ed! There’s a description of how I made the image (and the image in larger size) at It’s also on the cover of my book Creative Landscapes. Very best wishes, Harold

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