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Thanks to the following people who contributed to this website:

  • Henri D. Grissino-Mayer and other scientists at the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research - University of Arizona for technical help.
  • Ray Sterner at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory for his wonderful maps found on the White Mountains page. These maps are produced with IDL programming language and are worth any download time involved.
  • Matt Wright for the cgi scripts that drive both the feedback and search forms found on the Bristlecone page. Get your own copies of these great PERL scripts at Matt's Script Archive.
  • Carnegie Mellon University for the online hypertext Webster dictionary.
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Photo notes

The photographs shown on these pages were made with a 35mm Nikon FM mounted on a tripod. The use of a tripod is necessary due to the slow film speed (Kodachrome 64) and the strong winds that are often present. The use of a UV filter or polarization filter is a must at these altitudes (10-11,000 ft. / 3048-3353m). Lenses used were a Nikkor 35 & 105mm, a Tamron 60-300mm was used on occasion. The images were scanned to disk with a Polaroid SprintScan 35 slide scanner, others were transferred to Kodak Photo CD. Final adjustments were made in Adobe Photoshop.
The experience of capturing these trees and their surroundings on film is an exciting one. The rich textures, colors and shapes force the artist to view the bristlecones in a way that is endless in its possibilities. But we must always keep in mind the fragile environment here. The temptation to wander off the designated trails is great and must be avoided!
I found the most dramatic lighting occurring at Patriarch Grove in either early morning or late afternoon. (If your going to catch the sunrise at Patriarch, you must accurately manage your time, as it is 12 miles (19.5km) on a dirt road beyond Schulman Grove).
Late afternoon for the Discovery Trail at Schulman Grove (especially the west side).
Methuselah Walk Trail to Methuselah Grove at sunrise or early morning. (The trail here is 4 miles (6.5km) long, about 2-4 hrs. in time) These are all just suggestions, as the bristlecones can be extremely photogenic at any time of day.
Don't forget to bring sun glasses, a hat, and plenty of water for your walk.