An ancient bristlecone pine, with a mystical sunset sky behind it, provides a wonderful splash of colors; from blues and greens to glowing, fiery oranges. This shot was taken in the White Mountain range in Eastern California. Behind it, the sun is slowly setting behind the amazing Sierra Nevada range, home of another amazing tree, the Sequoia. I love how the tree trunk glows with oranges and yellows. And behind the tree, over the range, the sky is milky and pink, yet contained by deep blues. This shot also shows off how the trees thrive in- shards of dolomite and sparse soils. The details on this shot are wonderful.. right down to the pine cones. An amazing shot when printed really large. This is a favorite of mine!
The bristlecone pine species is famous for having some of the oldest known living organisms on the planet. At least one, is over 5000 years old. The experts won’t tell us just where this tree lives. But it’s thought to be located somewhere in the White Mountain range. And that’s not all… An even older tree was actually cut down, kinda by accident, in the 1960’s. The story is covered in a great episode of Radio Lab (look for "Oops", June 28, 2010, or try https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/episodes/91721-oops, skip to 15:30)
• Please Note: This photo is also offered as a print on "paper". Since I am SUPER picky about image quality, I use only the finest, Epson Exhibition Fiber. The print will have a 1/8 inch border on it, so as the print is matted, critical areas are less likely to be covered up. If you'd like a different border, please let me know. Also, the cropping you see in the primary thumbnail is for canvas prints. For paper prints, the cropping will vary some, since the prints are to standard proportions. If you'd like a custom proportion, we can work that out!
• When this photo is printed on canvas in the gallery-wrap style, I first master the print (often with many proof prints to get things just right), then I print the shot onto canvas, varnish it, then stretch it on wooden stretcher bars. The process takes a few days, since there is some drying involved in a few steps.
• I LOVE this print on canvas. There is no need to do anything more than hang it. I especially love how there is nothing between you and the print; no glass to get in the way, and no reflections!
• This image was taken on a medium format Hasselblad. Because if that, it can be printed at dimensions in feet, not inches. The details are amazing- tack sharp. This is a fun print to get right up to and explore.
• For canvas prints, there's no need to frame, unless you want to. I include all the hanging hardware.
• I print using an Epson 9900, the colors are amazing, and archival.
• For canvas prints, the image is varnished with an archival Breathing Color product, and hand-stretched to order.
• Let me know if you want a different size. This shot can be printed much larger and still look amazing.
• For canvas prints, the print is hand signed by me, Michael Parnham.
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