The Burmis Tree, Crowsnest Pass, AB

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Dave Belcher on April 3, 2008

This is the famous Burmis tree...it's a limber pine that grew for centuries ( 740 years to be exact) on this bare rock near Burmis, in the Crowsnest Pass of southern Alberta, distorted and contorted by the continuous fierce winds that often blow with hurricane force through the pass. It died more than 30 years ago but it still stands (with a few supports) as a symbol of the longevity, determination and persistence of the people who live here.

It's one of the most photographed trees in the world!

crowsnest@jrt.com on January 24, 2010

Actually this is the second "famous Burmis Tree." The first was cut and removed when Highway #3 was widened in the 1970s.

rioazul on March 6, 2010

Like ballet dancers!:D;D

Dave Belcher on March 6, 2010

While not the oldest tree in Alberta...that honor belongs to the ancient pine at Whirlpool Point on the North Saskatchewan River near the Banff Park boundary where it has stood writhing for more than 1200 years

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Dave Belcher
Stony Plain, AB, Canada

Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 12, 2008
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    by Dave Belcher
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ20
    • Taken on 2007/05/12 08:52:53
    • Exposure: 0.004s (1/250)
    • Focal Length: 8.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash

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