Description How can something living be 4,750 years old? This is a bristlecone pine in California's Bristlecone Pine Forest, in the White Mountains, east of Owens Valley and the High Sierras. These grow where very little else cares to exist - 10,000 feet elevation, very cold, very windy, sparse soil. And yet these persist over CENTURIES. For all this time these beautiful wonders have silently kept their vigil over the valley with only a few of us fortunate enough to have witnessed the amazing horizon they watch over.
Gerard Deschenes, North Attleboro, MA Member Since November 2007 Artist Statement 62, caucasian male of French/Canadian decent, college educated, generally conservative. I have worked in many different fields from plumbing to sales and nuclear power. I am fascinated with nature and technology. I long for the mountains and open spaces and abhor the din of the city. Short-tempered but I cool down fast and like try to recognize truth above passion. Easy to talk to and friendly but perhaps a little too abrupt for some.
I've been accused of being an educated tradesman with too many hobbies - photography, gardening, daylily hybridization, numismatist, and on. I'm just getting to be experienced enough (Is "experienced" just another word for "old"?) to notice some of the photographic opportunities that slip by many people without being noticed. I hope you see the magic that I've tried to capture in my photographs. These are the best of some rare moments that I've been able to document in photographs.
Wife and I have been fortunate enough to visit some of our national parks - THIS IS A GREAT COUNTRY! Look for some of our other photographs from Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Bryce, Zion, and others.