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U.S. Postal Commemorative, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial
St. Louis, Missouri
The oldest pines, so named for the long, hooked spines on the scales of their cones, are more than 4500 years old. Twisted and gnarled by the elements, they grow in rocky, arid regions of the six western states .
Wonders of America: Land of Superlatives Stamp Series@2005 United States Postal Service. All rights reserved. Used with Permission.
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Images courtesy of Marcia Summers, GVCC. These photos of Bristlecone Pine trees and bark were taken with an iPad on the Mount Evans scenic byway in Colorado at about 12,000 ft.