The Bristlecone Pines are the oldest single living organisms known. The forest, located in the White-Inyo mountain range, is at an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet so it is springtime there at this time. The wildflowers were just blooming and were wonderful to see.
The oldest of the Bristlecone pines is called Methuselah and is nearly 5000 years old. It is located along one of the hiking paths, but they do not point it out to avoid vandalism to it. Shortly after a Nat*ional Geo*graphic article came out about it in the late 1950s, someone broke a branch from it.
|Gorgeous stumps everywhere.|
|Snow capped Sierras peeking through behind a high meadow.|
|The needles were really quite "bristly" feeling.|
|Once a booming city.|
|Heading onto the floor of the valley.|
|Loved these gorgeous sand dunes. I would have loved to have slid down them.|
|The plumerias are starting to bloom. This was a piece of one of my father's plants.|
|JUST starting to bloom. The smell is heavenly.|
|A late blooming Clivia.|
|An even later blooming iris.|
|The bougainvilleas that froze this winter have made a wonderful return.|
I also had a whole bag of goodies from Leona that I won from her fabulous giveaway. It was loaded with fabulous items for quilting and I know that I can use all of these. Thank you, Leona.
Lastly, I received my mug rug from Leona’s Mug Rug 2 Swap. I just love it. I love the bright colors, the design as well as the wonderful fabrics and quilting. Unfortunately, my partner did not include a blog link to share. I would really love to follow her work.
|The picture does not do this one justice.|
My next row of my PURPLE Rockin’ Robin is finished. There were plenty of HSTs in this row!!!!!
The next few weeks are going to be pretty busy around here so I may not be around as much as normal. I will continue to read blogs, but please forgive me if I don’t always comment. I have a ton of canning to do – tomatoes, strawberries, peaches and apricots are all in right now. Too bad it can’t be spread out throughout the year.