What makes these trees so different you ask? Well, they are among some of the oldest trees in existence, some have been confirmed as more than 4,000 years old. Some of the pine needles themselves last on the branches of these trees for upwards of 45 years! But, perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of these trees are their visual appearance, growing in awkward offshoots that give it the creepy "Sleepy Hollow" look.
Bristlecone pines grow as most others do. But, the inner part dies faster that the outside can regenerate in some cases, leaving the half dead look. These trees are very unique and, due to many factors, have been red listed as being at an increased risk of extinction. But, having said that, it is interesting to note that these trees, even when dead, can stand for an additional 7,000 years!
So, when we were passing through the Spring Mountains, we no doubt passed these majestic trees. (It's not like they are a new addition.) However, we obviously didn't know what it was we were missing. So, when you next have time, head out to Mount Charleston, or any other part of the mountain range, and check out these beauties. We sure will.
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(PHOTOS: David M. on Flickr)