The oldest living individual tree in the world until recently documented... is Methuselah, a 4,845-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine in the White Mountains of California. The bristlecone pines of the White Mountain area are the oldest on Earth.
A mere sprout itself when the pyramids of Egypt were being built, Methuselah clings to a dry windswept mountaintop in the Inyo National Forest of east-central California. The trees grow up to 60 feet in height but usually grow to 30 feet…it takes 100 years to add one inch to their trunk’s diameter. At least nine of the trees next to the Methuselah Tree are more than 4,000 years old.
In trees, unlike in humans, stress fosters longevity. The Methuselah Tree grows in rocky, alkaline, nutrient-poor soil and is buried under snow most of the year and blasted by sun and parched for water for the rest. It has a growing season of just two months in the summer to produce and store food for the winter. Yet bristlecones have thrived in that spot for 5,000 years, tree ring analysis shows. Methuselah is located between 9,500 and 9,800 above sea level in the "Methuselah Grove" in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest within the Inyo National Forest, the White Mountains, and California. Its exact location has not been publicly known.
At Age 4,600-Plus, Methuselah Pine Tree Begets New Offspring. The Methuselah Tree, famed as the oldest in the world, has just produced evidence that life begins at 5,000. As for Methuselah, it has a new status as world's oldest mother to hang on to its place in the record books. It is 4,777 years old and still producing cones. Bristlecone pines have both male and female cones and can self-pollinate.
Today that evidence -- a dozen baby bristlecone pine trees -- are about nine inches long with green, bushy tops and long healthy roots. A ceremony recognized the new offspring, and one was presented to the United States Botanic Garden.
Artist's Statement from N Scott Momaday
"Landscape retains memory."
Once in their life one ought to concentrate their mind upon the remembered earth, I believe. One ought to give their self up to a particular landscape in their experience.., to look at it from as many angles as one can., to wonder about it, To dwell upon it. One ought to imagine that they touch it with their hands at every season and listen to the sounds that are made upon it. One ought to imagine the creatures there and all the faintest motions of the wind. They ought to recollect the glare of noon and all the colors of the dawn and dusk.
Marianne S. L'Heureux Fine Art
Historical Depiction Art
The first painting of 2016 by L'Heureux. The Methuselah Bristlecone Pine Tree, 4,845 Years Old. Original 22 X 28 . SOLD.