Amazing detail and texture in this ancient tree. The bristlecone trees in White Mountain California are oldest known trees in the world. The oldest being the Methuselah tree which is over 4,800 years old.
The delicate remnant of a bristlecone trunk now fallen and being worn down by the weather. One of the things I find so facinating is the contrast of colors you find in them. The reds and oranges juxtaposed by the blues make these trees really pop out and make you take notice.
The blue tones of this morning shot in White Pocket near the Arizona, Utah border really makes the reds and oranges in the sandstone really pop and accentuate all the truly bizzare textures in the stone.
One of the things that sticks out the most of the White Pocket area in Arizona is the varying layers of sandstone and how they seem to have been violently mixed together like they went through a mixer. In many parts of this area you'll see these layers topped with what looks like a white 'cobblestone-like' layer seen here in the foreground.
It makes for some very dramatic images and quite a sight to see in person.