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    The Milky Way: The Night's Rainbow


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Bob Fawcett stitched together 10 images to form a panoramic shot of the Milky Way twinkling over the Ancient Bristlecone Forest near Big Pine, California. “As my eyes adjusted to the darkness over about thirty minutes, the stars became very bright and almost three-dimensional,” he said. “It was incredible to see the Milky Way arc from one side of the sky to the other like a rainbow. The whole scene really spurred my imagination.”

    The tree in the center of his photograph is a Great Basin bristlecone pine tree. The oldest known tree of this type is more than 5,000 years old! “They are so rugged that the dead trees can remain standing for thousands of additional years after dying, all the while being slowly shaped by the forces of wind, ice and rain of their extreme mountain environment.”

    This iReport was featured as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day on November 18, 2014.
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    Taken in the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest at over 11,000 feet elevation in Central California. These trees are the oldest living things on Earth and can live for over 5,000 years. Their durability is so robust that they can remain standing for thousands of years after they die.

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