The Old Patriarch Tree of Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
© George Sanker/Minden Picture
A tree amid the Tetons
This limber pine standing alone in the sage brush flats of America’s Grand Teton National Park has a name - Old Patriarch. Commonly found in the Rocky Mountains, limber pines are known to stand the test of time - literally. Some people estimate Old Patriarch to be more than a thousand years old. The 'Cathedral Group' of the Teton Mountains forms a breathtaking backdrop, bursting up from the valley floor below and stretching dramatically to the soaring peaks. The park spreads out below the spires for 125,452 hectares, creating a home for extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain. Sounds like the Old Patriarch has found quite a home for himself.