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Ancient Sentinel

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Ancient Sentinel

Bristlecone Pine - Perhaps the oldest living plant species on Earth. Some years ago, a dendrologist tested a number in these specimens that reside in the 'Inyo National Forest' in northeastern California only to find that a particular tree has survived for 4,768 years - being alive before the start of the Great Pyramid. Later, this tree was named 'Methuselah'. Its survival methods are second to none. It lives at an altitude of approximately 10,000 feet and has a growing season of only about two months. Parts of the tree die off while other portions spring forth new growth and carry on.

A big thank you to Walli for taking on the task of creating this beautiful model. Rotating it in any direction, you will find it to have a photogenic appeal inspiring one to create a scene ...the possibilities are endless.

To learn more about the tree, have a look at the following sites:


Here is a link to Walli's site: 'Silva 3D' where you can download this beautiful model for free:


One more note, in this scene, the model sets on the ground on a 20+ degree slope. It gives the appearance of floating, but I guarantee you it is not.

Happy rendering!
June 26, 2012
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Jun 26, 2012 8:35:20 pm
Nearly 5000 years old- incredible. The history it could tell...a wonderful scene. I did look twice to see if the tree was grounded. I love the lighting and POV you've used here Bob.

by artgum Homepage »

Jun 26, 2012 9:15:28 pm
The tree is without question a marvel, but even the rock surface is beautifully rendered

by wizardofnoz Homepage »

Jun 26, 2012 10:25:36 pm
Lets see, at 4678 years old perhaps Joseph was ruling over Egypt at that time, Amazing, simply Amazing and this render does it much Justice to true Wonder of the World!!!

by Thelby Homepage »

Jun 26, 2012 10:45:19 pm
Excellent render! I have a personal soft spot for the Ancient Bristlecone Pine. They are not limited to the Inyo NF. Have found them to grow in many high elevations throughout the Great Basin Desert!

by 0rest4wicked Homepage »

Jun 26, 2012 10:45:19 pm
This is AWESOME! Thank you for the link, too. The whole scene is wonderful. I often stop and take pictures of trees like this. I like gnarly old trees. And yes, I knew about this fellow. :)

by PatGoltz Homepage »

Jun 26, 2012 11:55:27 pm
Well I for one would like to give you some credit for placing this most in detail model in such a complimenting landscape and environment..Splendid read/info to boot as well...Wow almost 5000 years old...just to think it's been around that long boggles the mind!...(smiles)...

by KnightWolverine Homepage »

Jun 26, 2012 11:58:34 pm
Amazing image. The tree model is super and your rock hillside is outstanding.

by ladylake Homepage »

Jun 27, 2012 12:01:29 am
Fantastic terrain and surface.
Beautiful lighting.
Cool tree.
Thanks for the info. :-)


by peedy Homepage »

Jun 27, 2012 1:55:42 am
wonderful realistic old tree, great landscape, very nice image

by ia-du-lin Homepage »

Jun 27, 2012 11:40:19 am
very great real

by saphira1998 Homepage »

Jun 27, 2012 12:59:53 pm
Excellent composition!!!

by carlx Homepage »

Jun 28, 2012 3:51:35 am
Fantastic work.

by fallen21 Homepage »

Jun 28, 2012 11:59:24 am
Nice work and interesting information! :)

by Ionel Homepage »

Jun 30, 2012 7:31:10 pm
Fantastic realism!

by Fahrenheit451 Homepage »

Sep 23, 2013 4:41:35 am
the other one I like more because of the more contrast! ;o)

by sossy Homepage »


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