The Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in Inyo County, California, is home to the world’s oldest trees (more specifically, the world’s oldest non-colonal organisms). The oldest tree, “discovered” in 2013, is 5065 years old. The specific location of the oldest trees is not available to the public, but you can walk the trails in the general area and see these ancient bristlecone pines that thrive at high elevation and in poor soil.
5065 years old? I checked on Google to see what was going on in the world. The beginning of agriculture in the fertile crescent. Ice age was over. Domesticated animals were developing their own farm-animal diseases and passing them on to humans. Perspective. That’s what we all need. Great photos. Cheers —
Thanks, Julie, for the perspective. Hard to believe these trees (or anything) could be that old. Wow.
They like they`d make good firewood – Gary
Gary, trouble is they look like they would be hard to split. 4,000 year old knots might be pretty tough.