Tuesday, August 17, 2010

These Gods Part 1


I'm behind on the blog thing, that's for sure. Zac and I went to the White Mountains about 3 weeks ago. Wasn't about to let him leave California without going. I was lucky enough to spend three weeks there in 2008 doing field work and have been itching to get back ever since. So, that's where we headed. And that is where I thrive.
I really adore this particular place. Worship might be a more appropriate verb, actually. When I was there before, I got to explore like crazy all day every day (because I was working at night doing bat surveys). Found some pretty grand secret spots. Obviously you can't see as much in 2 days as you can in 21, but this trip was still most excellent, because it's just bloody impossible not to be happy when you're around Bristlecones. Because they are one of the most beautiful things in the entire world.
I have many more B-cone photos, but I'll be outta technological touch more or less for the next month starting on Friday...so it might be a while until I get them on the blog. Skywatch

21 comments:

Martha Z said...

It is a wonderful spot. When I was at Cripple Creek and the students were out in the field I would go hiking. It was as if there was no one else in the world.

Dominic Gendron said...

Glad to see new images from you! The wood textuyre are very nice in image 2 and 7 ;)

biobabbler said...

Great shots--amazing color whorls.

Few things in my travels have affected me the way those trees do. I like to walk and look and touch just BE, without talking, among those trees. And everything seems so CLEAN up there, so high and dry.

Thanks for sharing, and have a good month! We'll be psyched for your return.

Light and Voices said...

Your passion shows in this post.
Joyce M

Ms. Bake-it said...

Looks like a fabulous place. I love the texture shots. I hope you have a great month!

Thank you for sharing!

~ Tracy

Woody said...

Fantastic! The wood grain is unbelievable.

Barb said...

We have Bristlecones near us on Windy Ridge here in CO - they are magical, mystical trees. However, I just read an article stating that they're now susceptible to a fungus that is killing them. I hope that's not true after these millions of years!

Clytie said...

What a wonderful and magical place! I love those close-ups of the trees - they should be framed.

Dan said...

Wow Jill, what an amazing place and beautiful trees! You guys both like you're having a great time!
Dan
-x-

Linda said...

Great photos!

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Those Bristlecones are truly spectacular art forms in the best that nature has to offer. So glad that you were able to visit this special place for you once again. Have a nice month ahead. Will looks forward to your return~

Su-sieee! Mac said...

These are beautiful compositions. I especially like the second photo from the bottom. Long fingers extending downward. :-)
Su-sieee! Mac
This and That. Here and There. Now, Sometimes Then

desertsandbeyond said...

Beautiful photos, Jill. Unfortunately, when we were there in June, the altitude really got to me! I would like to return someday and just wander among these old ones!

Kitty said...

Some day I must pay a visit to those trees! They look like so much driftwood - I can't imagine something so old and alive!

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic captures as always, Jill, and what a gorgeous place. I love the wood texture shots! It's not hard to see/feel your passion for the place and I can surely understand! Thanks for sharing the beauty! Enjoy your weekend!

Sylvia

Carolyn Ford said...

I love the dramatic color against the white sandy soil and that blue sky and white clouds...and, the bristlecone...superb!

Janie said...

Great photos of the bristlecones! We have some near here, but I haven't seen any that large - or that old!

Jossie said...

Great series of photos. What a wonderful place to be.

Ann said...

the second photo, and the one later, you can join the Friday shoot out meme for this week," What is this?"

What is it?

The Paint Splash said...

I especially love the shots of the wood grain. Wonderful photos.Have a blessed week. Hope you can come by for a visit. Debbie

Ben and Carrie Tracks said...

Stunning shots - glad to have stumbled upon your blog - we're field biologists too - blogging mostly about that. Looking forward to following and keeping up with your adventures - we're headed for the first time to the redwoods in a day or so.... :)