One entry is obviously not enough for these trees, so here's the second. I could easily do more than two, but I'm trying to contain myself. Let's start with some texture shots...each tree varies from the next in regards to shape, texture, color.
And here are a few photos proving just how the intense wind, rain, and snow can mold these trees.
If I remember correctly, this one below was still alive, with just a touch of green, but had fallen pretty much completely over. Check out the growth shooting straight up from one of the main fallen trunks. Those particular points were not thriving, but other parts of the tree were. Pretty cool, huh? And below that is another example of new growth. And young versus old again.
A lot of the photos from these two entries are from a solo hike where I happened to get pretty lost. It's a really good thing I had the GPS with me and had marked certain points because otherwise things could have gotten pretty ugly with no real trail. I had wandered a couple miles from where I was supposed to be, which is a whole lot when you're in the middle of nowhere, with various mountain ranges surrounded you. But despite figuring this out, I still kept stopping to check out the trees and take their pictures. I couldn't help myself.
There's so much more I could mention about the Bristlecones, but more or less, the photos speak for themselves. The trees have a lot to say and I think the pictures assist that a lot more than words.