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survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 6, 2009 - 01:57pm PT
I have been in love with Bonsai trees for many years now, but got rid of all my trees when I left Alaska and then D.C.

I have to start all over here in New Mexico.

I have some killer pix from the National Arboretum in DC that I will try to scare up, but in the meantime....











But of course the thing that really inspired me about bonsai in the first place is all the mighty, gnarly old guys we get to see in the mountains and growing straight out of cliffs!

I only have a couple scanned from the Rockies this past summer, but here they are.






I've already seen some awesome old dome toppers on other threads, so post 'em if you got 'em.
I LOVE OLD TREES!!!!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 6, 2009 - 02:00pm PT
I posted a couple of the elderly bristlecones above Lone Pine
in the thread below:

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=754725&msg=755530#msg755530

Survival
Did you ever visit Longwood Gardens outside of Philly?
They have a gorgeous collection of bonsai also!
Dingus Milktoast

climber
Feb 6, 2009 - 02:00pm PT
I ran into Treebeard's cousin up near the Elephants Graveyard



He seemed hurried so we didn't get a chance to talk. Pity, that.

DMT
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2009 - 02:18pm PT
Thanks guys,

That's exactly what I was hoping for!

Edit: Steve, no I've never been there. Wish I had!

Angus Bilthost, That really is Treebeards cousin!
Pity you didn't have time to talk....
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2009 - 02:24pm PT
Oregon Cascades.

survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2009 - 02:27pm PT
Needles Firetower and Bonsai.

survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2009 - 02:29pm PT
Needles. Not the best tree picture, but cool anyway.

wtfd

climber
Feb 6, 2009 - 02:30pm PT

i was amazed at this little guys staunch determination to simply be, i probably looked like a 2 year old repeating him verbatim.
this tree lives right above the notch at the needles...
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 6, 2009 - 02:34pm PT
Survival
If I get a chance this weekend, I'll try and scan
a few of the bristlecone pix I took in Great Basin NP years
ago. They're special trees.
Tami

Social climber
Vancouver, Canada
Feb 6, 2009 - 02:35pm PT
I'm a huge fan of bonsai tho' I have to admit, that like Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious, I do it MY WAY..........which is only to say I'm too retarded, lazy and dull to engage any comprehensive understanding of bonsai and it's culture.

I live in the land of big trees ( despite logging companies making them scarce ) and have loved trees since I was little & climbed them. My parents refused to cut the big cedars on their lot when they built The Family Home and so we grew up climbin' those things.

I also spent five seasons treeplanting in northern BC - from the Queen Charlotte Is ( Haida Gwaii ) to the Rottie Mtns. Heinous work but amazingly rewarding in unimaginable ways. Even days where we could see above in the sky where the snow turned to rain and we were freezing our butts, it was still a powerful place to exist.........and , of course, the money was good.

About fifteen or so years ago I harvested some little trees along the sides of logging roads. A couple of these are now getting rather big - the Douglas Fir ( a big dug fir ? d'oh! ) I had to prune it's leader two years ago c's it was beating a mad path to the sky. The tree is about 5m in height and I'll keep it about there. I also have lodgepole pines, a yellow cedar, hemlock, spruce and balsam in my ( actually quite small ) front yard.

My prize tree out front is a pink variation of the Yellowwood tree, a Carolinian hardwood. I grew this tree - now 7m tall - from seed in 1991. It should flower in the next few years!

I also have some bonsai in little pots: spruce, red cedar, lodgepole pine, eastern white pine, apple trees....most were grown from seed but a few are from those harvests from 15 yrs ago. They are unruly as bonsai and, like me, a little unkempt and outta control.

I guess we get the trees we deserve.

Cheers, Tami
Indianclimber

Trad climber
Lost Wages
Feb 6, 2009 - 02:39pm PT


Golden gate park


Muir woods

survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2009 - 02:52pm PT
wtfd, I get it dude..I totally get it! Awesome tree.

Tami, thanks for the story. I was a tree planter too!! On the Oregon coast range. Brutal work, yes. Special moments, yes.
I personally planted over a million. I've been back to units I planted to find 30-40 ft trees! Late 70's, money wasn't that bitchin'...

Indianclimber, those are beautiful man. MORE PLEASE!!
Blinny

Trad climber
JustKathNotMark
Feb 6, 2009 - 02:54pm PT
Bristlecone Pine
By Hugh Prestwood

Way up in the mountains on the high timber line
There's a twisted old tree called the Bristlecone Pine
The wind there is bitter, it cuts like a knife
And it keeps that tree holding on for dear life

But hold on it does, standing its ground
Standing as empires rise and fall down
When Jesus was gathering lambs to his fold
The tree was already a thousand years old

Now the way I have lived there ain't no way to tell
When I die if I'm going to heaven or hell
So when I'm laid to rest it would suit me just fine
To sleep at the feet of the Bristlecone Pine

For as I would slowly return to the earth
What little this body of mine might be worth
Would soon start to nourish the roots of that tree
And it would partake of the essence of me

And who knows but that as the centuries turn
A small spark of me might continue to burn
As long as the sun did continue to shine
Down on the limbs of the Bristlecone Pine

Now the way I have lived there ain't no way to tell
When I die if I'm going to heaven or hell
So I'd just as soon serve out eternity's time
Asleep at the feet of the Bristlecone Pine
Asleep at the feet of the Bristlecone Pine
survival

Big Wall climber
A Token of My Extreme
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 6, 2009 - 02:56pm PT
BlinnyTheNutJob,

Thanks girl, beautiful.
I was hoping you'd see the thread about my daughter....
Blinny

Trad climber
JustKathNotMark
Feb 6, 2009 - 03:20pm PT
Just did. . . It won the prestigious, and much sought after "BlinnyTheNutJob'sBitchenTheadOfTheWeekAward"!

YAY.

BTNJ

SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 6, 2009 - 03:25pm PT
Tami, unkempt? No!

Outta control?

No way!
tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Feb 6, 2009 - 03:32pm PT
Mountain hemlock, Montague Island, Prince William Sound.





Bansai, or not bansai? I came across this one on a small island off of Montague.

Indianclimber

Trad climber
Lost Wages
Feb 6, 2009 - 03:36pm PT
Lovers Leap
Mike.

climber
Feb 6, 2009 - 03:48pm PT
Cool, cool.


Ever drive through Ancient Bristlecone Pine near While Mountain and guess which one's the oldest living thing on earth?


http://www.sonic.net/bristlecone/Schulman.html


To my knowledge the location is kept from the public for the tree's safety.






vvv Manure Pile?
Indianclimber

Trad climber
Lost Wages
Feb 6, 2009 - 03:49pm PT
Talk about trees in a hurry
Guess where in the valley this one is

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