Patriarch: released November 1, 2010. In a month when we think about both our country's forefathers and its first peoples, I thought it appropriate to release a print of not only the oldest living thing in our country, but one of the oldest living things on planet Earth. This grove of bristlecone pine trees contains the oldest living things on Earth. Methuselah, a tree within this grove, is nearly 5,000 years old, and its neighbors are generally more than 4,000 years old. Walking among these ancient, gnarled trees was one of the most deeply spiritual experiences I've had in a long time. It was a snowy hike up to the grove, all alone, with plenty of time to consider the history these trees have endured. Consider that the Pyramids in Egypt were just being built when these trees were seedlings. The Roman Empire ruled half a world away, halfway through their life; the invention of electricity and cameras was barely a blink ago in the history of these enduring trees. They've survived wicked windstorms, lightning strikes and fires, have been buried in snow half the year every year, and continue to survive right at the timberline on top of an isolated mountain near Death Valley on the edge of the Sierra Nevadas. Here's to growing old.
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