Before Rome, Before Bhudda, Before Jesus Stood This Tree

This is one of the most contorted Bonzai Bristlecone Pines on the walk, and inspired a tear along with the wind and freezing temperatures, to have withstood some 4 millenia while we humans undermine life's very existence. It's not in exact focus, because without a stabilizing bar my Canon couldn't be held steady in the wind and no tripod was taken along.

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Taken on January 21, 2007