Thursday, September 15, 2011

Bristlecone Pines

On our next to last day in Colorado, we went to Mt. Evans. The drive up to the summit is not for the faint of heart or the weak of brakes.

We stopped at this visitors' center to see the Alpine gardens and the bristlecone pines that grow there. Want to  feel young? Go see the bristlecones! These trees are up to 2,000 years old, though the ones in California (a different subspecies) have lived to just under 5,000.

This tree is 800 years old.

Bristlecones can be identified by the tiny dots of sap on the needles.

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