Annadel Trees and Fire

The Challenge of the Month for June involves photographing tree(s) and bicycle. Trees? Quite a lot of those at Annadel State Park, adjacent to Spring Lake (where I was a couple of days ago) and just a few miles from home.

About half of Annadel was severely burned during the October wildfires that devastated this area, and parts of the park remain closed. I’ve conducted several forays up into the burn zone where the charred trees—some fallen, some still standing—are hard to miss. Today I decided to pedal on the fire roads along the edge of the burn, which is where the fire crews finally managed to make a stand and prevent the blazes from consuming the entire park. While not quite as raw and blackened as it looked when that area reopened, plenty of signs of the firestorm remain. I tried to strike a balance among photographing burned areas, regenerating areas, and areas that survived unscathed.

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7 response to "Annadel Trees and Fire"

  1. By: gregblood Posted: June 7, 2018

    Great photos. More “artsy-fartsy pretentions” please. What a devastating fire and, man, even view-blocking trees don’t deserve to get charred like that.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 8, 2018

      I’m thinking maybe we should collaborate. I’ll produce some artsy-fartsy photos of view blockers, and you compose captions in iambic pentameter. 😉

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 8, 2018

    Thanks for the tour of Annadel — it appears at least some of the trees became charred, but survived to put out new foliage? The photo 5th from last as an example?
    The devastation may no longer be in the national news, the the situation is a long way from over for those affected.

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: June 8, 2018

      Rich, you’re exactly right. Even when the fire roared through dense forests, the fate of individual trees varied considerably depending on their species, health, position, etc. Some were completely burned and fell over. Some were completely burned and stayed upright. Some partly burned, but enough foliage survived to ensure the tree would remain alive. I’ve seen some articles about how much of an individual tree of each species needed to survive in order to save that tree, but I don’t really remember any details. However, it’s clear that some trees that looked like they suffered serious scorching have put out new leaves and are going to make it. Still plenty of scars, but almost everything looks vastly better now compared to when I went hiking into burn zones as soon as they reopened.

  3. By: The Navigator Posted: June 8, 2018

    Beautiful pics – I love the lily pad photos. Some of those scenes look familiar – just different species of trees to here! The guys are now wanting a floatie session in Lake Ilsandro (sorry about spelling), too.

  4. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 8, 2018

    Hi Em. The guys are welcome on Lake Ilsanjo (named after original owners Ilsa and her husband Joe, seriously). My buddies Jeff and Will swim there often. While I was there Wednesday, four high school kids were swimming and splashing. Good spot to cool off after a long, hot hike up into the park in the summer. Visitors from Down Under would love it.

  5. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: June 9, 2018

    Thanks for the photo-essay Bill. It’s interesting how some trees manage to survive – and good that they do. I know from passing / visiting locally burnt areas how naked the ground looks with nearly everything under the trees gone and yet a few weeks later it’s a sea of light green as ground cover takes over.

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