The Bristlecone Pines were in their youth when Odysseus plowed the Aegean in search of a way home to his Ithaca.
These trees were already ancient when Julius Caesar crossed his Rubicon.
Old beyond our imaginations, these oldest of living things have stood watch through the decades, centuries, and millennia—mute witnesses to the music of the stars.
This image is a stacked composite. The stack contains an initial ten minute exposure, and thirty four-minute exposures for a total elapsed exposure time of about two hours and ten minutes.
Each exposure was shot using my 10.5mm digital fisheye at f/2.8 and ISO 400. I also used the ten-minute exposure to layer in some additional foreground detail.
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