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Where in the World was Sean?

 
 
    Standing above 12,000 feet, I photographed this tree at sunset, among the oldest in the world, some living up to 5000 years old. So where was I? Here are some more hints:

- Much of this region once sat under water. Now the only waves are the waves of mountains that continue for miles when seen from a plane. My hair is wavy.

- Prehistoric peoples lived in this area along the shores of an ancient Lake. Later residents lived in small villages from about 1100-1300 irrigating corn, beans, and squash in the valley and hunted in the mountains. Numerous rock art sites in the area remind us of their presence. Ranching became a cornerstone of life for modern people. Today, the area averaged one person per square mile. That day I walked for miles.

- This tree is among the oldest single living organisms. In 1964 a University student was taking core samples of trees when he discovered that one was over 4,000 years old. His coring tool broke, so a division of the government granted permission to cut the tree down - after "Prometheus" had been felled, 4,844 rings were counted on a cross-section of the tree, making "Prometheus" at least 4,844 years old, the oldest non-clonal living thing known to man. I would have liked to strangle him.

- Although a great deal of this area is considered desert, its name stands for "covered in snow". I was covered in sunblock however.

- The country for which this area lies within has more than 17,000 identified native species of flora, more than 400 mammal, 700 bird, 500 reptile and amphibian, and 90,000 insect species documented. On this day, I probably didn't see any.


Rules? There are no rules- okay, no Googling (you Google-ers!). That includes Ask.com......and Yahoo, stay off there too...........and Wikipedia.....if you do, I'll catch you. :)


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11/5/2007 7:58:23 PM

 
Beverly Belcamino
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I believe this is a bristlecone pine around Lone Pines/Death Valley and the Sierra Nevada mountains--one of my favorite places to photograph, although I haven't had the chance to see bristlecone pines yet


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11/7/2007 3:34:52 AM

 
Peter W. Marks
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Well, it sure ain't Kansas!
Beverly has already bagged California so I could go with the other side of the state line and chose Nevada but what the heck do I know! I'm a Brit, albeit having lived in Illinois for 14 years, but just to open it up, I am going with Utah.

Pete


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11/7/2007 5:17:41 AM

 
Stephanie M. Stevens  

I agree with Beverly, this is a Bristlecone pine in Southeastern California.


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11/7/2007 5:31:28 AM

 
Holly Higbee-Jansen
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This is the Bristlecone Forest, White Mountains, California. It's a really unique and fun place to photograph.


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11/7/2007 5:41:25 AM

 
Carolyn M. DAlessandro
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My first thought Death Valley, California and as I looked and saw the mountain in the back round I then thought maybe Nevada. Love the image.


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11/7/2007 5:47:47 AM

 
Jean E. Hildebrant
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Your description reminds me of the prehistoric peoples that lived in Arizona. Could it be N. AZ? or S. Utah?


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11/7/2007 6:32:08 AM

 
Sean www.rhcproductions.co.za
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I tend to agree with Beverly B. - - is Wheeler Peak, Nevada a closer bet!!


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11/7/2007 7:30:54 AM

 
Michael S. McCook
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I remember, when I was young and fit, I hiked way up into the alpine region at Great Basin National Park and got some nice pictures of Bristlecone pines. I don't recall seeing barren rock on the distant hills, but it was a long time ago.

But , I have to agree with Holly, I think a better guess for me would be the Ancient Bristlecone Forest in the White Mountains, California.


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11/7/2007 7:57:06 AM

 
Warren P. Clary
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Wheeler Peak it is. Been there.


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11/7/2007 8:30:17 AM

 
Ed Cooley  

 
Since he is above 12,000 feet and they are the oldest in the world, it must be the Patriarch Grove of Bristlecone Pines in the White Mountains. Just east of Big Pine, CA it is a fun drive up.

Hiking around at that altitude is pretty tiring so plan on some extra rest time if you are climbing to the top.

Take plenty of film or flash cards when you go because you will find hundreds of incredible photographs.


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11/7/2007 8:50:41 AM

 
Ed Cooley  

 
Since he is above 12,000 feet and they are the oldest in the world, it must be the Patriarch Grove of Bristlecone Pines in the White Mountains. Just east of Big Pine, CA it is a fun drive up.

Hiking around at that altitude is pretty tiring so plan on some extra rest time if you are climbing to the top.

Take plenty of film or flash cards when you go because you will find hundreds of incredible photographs.


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11/7/2007 8:50:52 AM

 
 

Many great guesses folks! Unfortunately, it's not in the White Mountains or in California in general.

I have been to Patriarch Grove and it's a beautiful place- I love the White Mountains above Owens Valley.

The answer coming next week!


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11/7/2007 9:37:14 AM

 
Emily S. Cerda
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I think it looks like Petrified Forest NP. It's in AZ, I think. I passed through once, only briefly, but this looks similar. Great shot!


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11/7/2007 12:14:01 PM

 

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Thanks Emily for the compliments- unfortunately it's not the Petrified Forest and good guess!

I was however petrified hiking all the way back to my vehicle after dusk- just kidding- it was freaky, but then again, when is hiking through forests in the middle of the night by yourself not freaky. I've done it many times and never grow comfortable with it!


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11/7/2007 12:42:53 PM

 
Amanda D. Austwick
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Somewhere in the Sierra Nevada mountains in CA, or NV.


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11/7/2007 2:49:02 PM

 

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I love the Sierras- my second home- nice guess Amanda, but no, not anywhere in the Sierras or California.


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11/7/2007 3:02:45 PM

 

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Well, shoot! I was thinking Mojave Desert, perhaps, but you've just shut that thought down.

My son says maybe somewhere in Utah...?

Linda


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11/7/2007 6:18:35 PM

 
Phil Cannon
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My guess is north New Mexico around the Eagles Nest Lake.


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11/7/2007 6:38:46 PM

 
Linda L. Soderfelt
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And now for something really different....The Dead Sea.


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11/7/2007 8:01:25 PM

 

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Ah, no one thought to guess outside the US until Linda- but no, it's not The Dead Sea.

No to New Mexico and Utah, although both hold peaks over 11,000 feet (New Mexico goes over 13,000).

And not the Mojave as well.

lovin' all the guesses!

One more hint- this location lies 238,857 miles away from Moon- I know, that doesn't help. At least you know it's on Earth.

:)


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11/7/2007 8:23:13 PM

 
Peter W. Marks
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I think Michael M was probably correct in naming the Great Basin Park which I am fairly certain was where "Prometheus" was cut down. I have read about that quite recently. If correct then I still think it is Eastern Nevada.
Of course it has crossed my mind that Sean could have been suffering from oxygen depravation at 12,000ft and he has no idea where he was!

Pete


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11/8/2007 3:46:48 AM

 

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Pete is correct- I was suffering from High Altitude Cerebral Edema and truly don't know where I was.

:)

In fact, even at sea level where I live, I often don't know where I am....but I have an excuse- I'm a parent of two small children, therefore allowed to be partially insane.

Way to work from the clues Pete- the answer is coming Monday!


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11/8/2007 10:31:58 AM

 
Michael S. McCook
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  Bristlecone Pine, Great Basin NP
Bristlecone Pine, Great Basin NP
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I was looking through some of my old pictures for Bristlecone pines and found this shot (which my wife actually took) in Great Basin NP. I'd say we have a match in the background.


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11/8/2007 2:58:56 PM

 

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Match? Match?!!! No way pal, my shot doesn't have a man in glasses in the background....I don't know what you are talking about......I plead the 5th........your shot must be doctored with all that Photoshop mumbo-gumbo.

:)


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11/8/2007 3:33:59 PM

 
Linda L. Soderfelt
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I'ts killing me not to look it up on google but I'll behave. I haven't a clue but how about Greece considering the desert, ancient dating, and the name of the tree.


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11/8/2007 5:14:24 PM

 

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Thanks for the extra guess Linda- no, not Greece- Mount Olympus only goes to 9576 feet, so nothing above 12,000 feet. And of course the Dead Sea is the lowest above ground point in the world.


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11/8/2007 8:21:19 PM

 
Linda L. Soderfelt
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OK. Michael McCook is right. That is the same rock formation in the background. He probably added in the guy in glasses to confuse you.


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11/9/2007 3:28:11 AM

 
Michael S. McCook
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That mysterious, handsome, bearded man in the sun glasses is actually me. My wife believes that there has to be someone in every picture she takes. Usually that someone is me. If I was going to use photoshop mumbo-jumbo, I would have eliminated that beer-belly. lol!;>)


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11/9/2007 6:46:41 AM

 

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Tell me about it Michael! I need to Photoshop my body as well....and my face and my hair and...okay, I;ll just load a photo of Brad Pitt.

My wife is 40 lookin' better than ever and I'm turning into Shrek!

Back to the photo, Great Basin is a great area, so desolate and remote in eastern Nevada, but so much beauty in the middle of a stark desert. Was this Great Basin? Only Monday will tell.

:)


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11/9/2007 10:15:34 AM

 
Chad G. Zuber
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This is definately a bristlecone pine near the intersection of Highways 395 and 168 in California. I've never been there but I was recently reading about it and plan to explore the area soon. An episode of "Lassie" was filmed in that area back in the day.


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11/10/2007 7:10:00 AM

 

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Nice guess Chad, but no, not in CA and/or the White Mtns near Bishop/395/and 168. I've been there and have shot Bristlecones in the White Mtns- it's a beautiful area- one of my favorites.

In fact the last time I was there, I shot sunset and dusk, and on the way out got a flat tire at 10,000 feet at 10pm at night- a little pain, but got it switched out so I could drive out!


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11/10/2007 11:15:35 PM

 

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THE ANSWER IS IN- see the new image caption for the info.

Pete was in the correct state

Sean was in the right park and darn close if not right

Michael gut instinct was on, but went back to CA- then came back to the right area

Warren matched Sean in closeness (if not dead on)

well done folks- just wait for December's installment!


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11/12/2007 11:44:51 AM

 
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