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.