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The ancient pine at Whirlpool Point by Dave Belcher

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Dave Belcher Dave Belcher
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$6.00 to $1,047.00
0.32 Gigapixels
Date added
Aug 11, 2009
Date taken
May 16, 2009

Panasonic Lumix LX2 28-112mm...

architectural, environmental, fine art, nature, still life, geology, landscape, forensic, macro, photojournalism, social, travel

This is the oldest living tree in Alberta. This Limber Pine (Pinus flexilus) wraps itself around the bare rocks on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River near the Banff Park boundary and has been there for more than 3000 years. A small seedling has started to grow near the base of the tree and will eventually replace the existing tree.

This was my second Gigapan. This view can only be obtained by a very wide angle panorama because if you were to take a step backwards you'd fall into the river!

To see a photo of the largest and oldest tree in Canada and the largest Cedar tree in the world: www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/23786/photos/view/1/8 Will open in a new tab or window
It's the Cheewhat Giant on Vancouver Island.
Circumference 18.3 meters (60 feet)
Height 55.5 meters
Estimated age: 2000-3000 years.

This venerable Limber Pine, (Pinus flexilus) has been growing since approximately the beginning of the Christian era, around 2000 years. I did some research yesterday (April 6, 2016) with the Canadian Forestry Centre in Edmonton with a specialist who does tree aging by ring counts and she related that a team in past years extracted a core sample from this tree about 100mm (4") deep and counted 400 rings, giving a ring count of 1/100th of an inch per ring, or 4 rings per mm. Extrapolating this information, would give this tree an age of about 2560 years (935,000 days)

Gigapan Comments (1)

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  1. orbilia23

    orbilia23 (November 28, 2009, 11:55AM )

    Hi Dave, a nice shot! I missed to visit this site during my last visit in Canada.. but next time I´ll be there to make a step backward;-). Cheers, Guy

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Stitcher Notes


GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3865 (Macintosh)
Panorama size: 316 megapixels (31323 x 10117 pixels)
Input images: 152 (19 columns by 8 rows)
Field of view: 141.6 degrees wide by 45.7 degrees high (top=23.2, bottom=-22.5)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-LX2
Image size: 4224x2376 (10.0 megapixels)
Capture time: 2009-05-16 13:39:46 - 2009-05-16 13:50:21
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure time: 0.005
ISO: 100
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 112.0 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Fixed
Exposure mode: Manual
Horizontal overlap: 63.4 to 66.3 percent
Vertical overlap: 51.6 to 59.0 percent
Computer stats: 2048 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 3:47:44 (1:29 per picture)
Alignment: 5:23, Projection: 9:27, Blending: 3:32:52

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